How long do I have to pay child support?
In Texas, the court can order one or both parents to pay child support until:
· the child is 18 years of age or graduates from High School, whichever occurs later;
· the child is emancipated through marriage, or through removal of disabilities of minority;
· the death of the child; or
· indefinitely if the child is considered to be disabled.
All of these time intervals are fairly self-explanatory except for bullet point number two. According to the Texas Family Code, any minor may petition to remove the disabilities of minority if they are:
· a resident of the state of Texas;
· 17 years old, or at least 16 and not living with their parents or legal guardians; and/or
· self-supporting and managing their own financial affairs.
Except for age requirements specifically stated in the constitution and in Texas statutes, a minor whose disabilities are removed legally has the capacities of an adult. This, in the State's eyes, eliminates the need for a parent to pay child support.