Child Support FAQs

My children are adults now. Do I still have to pay support?

Child support payments are required to be made at least until a child reaches the age of 18. However, even if your child is 18 or older there are some circumstances which may extend the period of time during which support must be paid.

Common scenarios in which support must be paid include where a child is enrolled in an education program full-time, has an illness or disability or in some extreme situations where an adult child is simply unable to support themselves.

It is not always totally clear when support must be paid for an adult child – for example when a child has completed their first university degree it can be variable whether a parent should be required to support them through taking a second degree. You should consult a lawyer if unsure of your rights.

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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Lindsay, and Peterborough.

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