Orlando, FL asked in Child Support and Family Law for Florida

Q: I have a case for three children from 2009 until the last child’s 18th birthday. My oldest two will then be 25 and 23.

The case did not contain any orders for if/when the children emancipated.

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Nicole Vette
Nicole Vette
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  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Typically children emancipate when they turn 18 unless they are still in high school participating in good faith, in which case they emancipate upon graduation or age 19 whichever is earlier. Other ways a child can emancipate are marriage or entry into military.

Tami Lane Augen
Tami Lane Augen
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  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Children emancipate at age 18 in Florida; however, the disability of non-age may be removed for several reasons set forth in the statute. Even though children emancipate at age 18, the court is permitted to order child support through high school graduation provided the child graduates prior to her 19th birthday. Just because child support is ordered through high school graduation, does not mean that the child is not emancipated, the child is still emancipated at age 18.

Terrence H Thorgaard agrees with this answer

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