Separation and Divorce: Child Support
How long does child support continue?
Child support must be paid as long as the child remains dependent. Dependent usually means until the child turns 18 and sometimes longer.
A child is not dependent if they:
- marry, or
- are at least 16 years old and choose to leave home
A child who is 18 or older may also be considered dependent if they cannot support themselves because:
- they have a disability or illness, or
- they are going to school full-time. This usually continues until the child turns 22 years old or gets one post-secondary degree or diploma, but a judge may order support to continue even longer.
When the judge decides how much support should be paid for a child who is 18 or older, they take into account any earnings or income the child gets from other sources.
Child support does not stop just because a parent gets married, starts to live with someone else, or has another child.