Houston, TX asked in Child Support for California

Q: Child support over 18

Child turned 18 and moved in with his birth mom she got me for child support he’s on probation and barley going to school is there anything I can do ? He’s getting tattoos on his face and she lets him do anything he wants !

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Andy Cook

Answered
  • San Diego, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: I need to know what court is in charge of this case, i.e., that is, is it in California, where I practice, or Texas, where your question indicates you are from (Houston) and where I am not licensed to practice.

Under California law, child support ends when the child turns 18, unless the child is a full-time high school student (and some other factors also apply). If the child is "barely" going to school, it doesn't sound like he's a full-time student.

There are exceptions under this California law. One would be if you owe past support; you have to pay that no matter how much time has gone by. Second would be if you, in a previous court hearing or court filing, agreed to pay child support longer than what would otherwise be the law in California. Third, and this probably does not apply, would be if your son is incapacitated and cannot work and is likely to end up being supported by the government.

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