When Does Child Support Terminate If The Child Is Home Schooled?

Omaha Nebraska Divorce LawyerQuestion:

I pay child support for my daughter, who is almost 20 and home schooled.

There doesn’t seem to be any urgency on finishing home schooling.

How long do I have to pay if she isn’t placing any effort on finishing?


I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Nebraska and Iowa child support laws where I am licensed to practice.

All parents have a right to education and medical records unless a court order says otherwise. If your jurisdiction is the same, then you have a right to review school records.

In addition, home schooling is governed by the state and typically highly regulated. You can review the information regarding schooling at the state level, also.

As to the question regarding finishing school and its relation to child support, in my jurisdictions, the child support ceases at the age of emancipation, typically 18 or 19 depending on the state. There are other events would terminate child support, but they are fact specific.

In order to continue support for a longer period of time, either a court order must exist or you must petition for post-secondary education assistance or continuation due to a child’s needs changing.

Without seeing the order, I cannot explain what your court order allows, or how it can be modified if it allows child support to continue past emancipation.

An individual can file a modification action to change an existing order or a show cause action to show why an individual is not fulfilling their obligations under a court order or law.

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.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Omaha, Nebraska Divorce Lawyer Jamie Kinkaid, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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