Can I pay child support directly to my child if the child is over 18 years old and attending college?
I am unsure why my ex-wife should continue to receive child support from me when I can give that money directly to my child and ensure he is receiving all of it.
I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Missouri child support laws where I am licensed to practice.
Child support payments in my state may be made directly to the child, if the child is at least 18 years of age and enrolled in college or vocational school.
However, in order for child support payments to be made to the child directly the noncustodial parent must petition the court to amend the original child support order.
If you do not amend the child support order and simply make payments to the child and not your ex-spouse, then those payments will be considered gifts and you will receive no credit toward your child support from the Family Support Division.
Additionally for a child support obligation to continue after a child turns 18 years of age, my state’s child support laws require the child to be enrolled in college or vocational school for at least 12 credits per semester and to submit a transcript or other official document as proof to the non-custodial parent.
Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.