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How long is child support paid?

By statute, child support payments terminate when the child reaches the age of 18 except: (a) if the child is otherwise emancipated, payments terminate at that time; (b) if the child is still in primary or secondary school when the child reaches age 18, support payments continue until the child graduates, otherwise ceases to attend school on a regular basis, fails to make satisfactory academic progress towards graduation, or reaches age 20, whichever comes first, unless the court in its discretion orders that payments cease at age 18 or prior to high school graduation. Effective October 1, 2012, the North Carolina legislature revised the child support statute to further provide that: “If the child is enrolled in a cooperative innovative high school program…, then payments shall terminate when the child completes his or her fourth year of enrollment or when the child reaches the age of 18, whichever occurs later.” This revision applies to children who attend a program of dual enrollment in high school and community college.

Call the Law Office of John P. Fernandez if you have questions or need legal representation in a family law matter. John Fernandez is licensed to practice law in North Carolina. The laws of North Carolina may differ from other states and no information contained herein should be considered legal advice.

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John P. Fernandez | Child Custody and Divorce Lawyer | Raleigh, NCAttorney John Fernandez works with North Carolina individuals and families who need advice or representation in estate planning and administration matters. John provides an in-depth analysis of each client’s needs and works toward reducing estate taxes, avoiding probate and ensuring that health care decisions are handled appropriately. John helps individuals with modest and large estates achieve their goals.


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