Q: I have a son that 18 and autistic .How long will I have to pay support? And I believe he is a receiving disability chec.
A: In PA a child support obligation exists until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later. If the child is unable to be self-supporting, the court may extend a parent's obligation when the inability is due to a physical or mental condition that exists at the time the child reaches the age of majority. This may be ordered on a permanent or temporary basis. The burden of demonstrating that support should continue after the age of majority on the basis of disability rests with the adult child.
Social Security Disability (SSD) payments are considered income in PA family law cases. If he is receiving SSD, the amount he receives will be considered in your case.
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Lisa Marie Vari, Esquire
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