Does a father have to pay support until the child graduates high school and does the mother have a legal obligation to turn child support money over to the 18-year-old who has moved out of the home?
The date that child support obligations are to terminate will be
stipulated in the child support order. Generally it will read until
the age of majority (18 except in Nebraska which is 19) or state a
specified age and conditions. Child support is for the
child/children and the parent who retains physical custody must use
it for that purpose. An 18-year-old for all practical purposes is
considered an adult and the child support payment legally belongs
to him or her. The custodial parent can either return the money to
the paying parent or give it to the named child. He or she cannot
withhold the money from a child who has reached the age of
majority, nor use it for their own purposes.