Family Law Library

When does a child become ineligible for Child Support?

A child is no longer eligible when they turn 18, although they can continue to receive Child Support until the end of the school year if they are in school.

A child who is married or living in a de facto relationship is not eligible for Child Support. A child who is adopted will also no longer be eligible to receive Child Support payments.

Another exception applies where the person entitled to receive payments passes away. It is possible to specify in an order that it is to remain in force after the death of the person entitled to receive payments. The order must also specify who is to receive the payments upon the death of the person originally entitled to receive the payments.

Children who are under the care of somebody, as specified by a child welfare law, are excluded from Child Support.