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How Long do I Have to Pay Child Support in Arizona?

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 When does child support end in Arizona?  Child support in Arizona does not always end at the same time.  It depends on the particular facts of each case.  Generally, child support ends when a child is over the age of 18 years and has graduated from high school.
 
 Child support in Arizona generally ends when a child reaches 18 years of age.  If the child has not graduated from high school, child support will continue until the child graduates from high school, but only until the child reaches the age of 19 years as long as the child remains in high school.  In rare circumstances, the family court may order that child support continue past the age of majority, if the child has a severe mental or physical disability that renders the child unable to live independently and be self-supporting and the disability arose prior to the child reaching the age of majority.
 
 Example 1.  The child graduates from high school on May 31, 2016 and turns 18 on July 31, 2016.  Child support ends on July 31, 2016.
 
 Example 2.  The child turns 18 on December 31, 2015 and graduates from high school on May 31, 2016.  Child support ends on May 31, 2016.
 
 Example 3.  The child turns 18 on December 31, 2015 and never graduates from high school, but attends high school until after he turns 19.  Child support ends on December 31, 2016 (the child’s 19th birthday).
 
 Example 4.  The child turns 18 on December 31, 2015, has not graduated from high school and does not attend high school.  Child support ends on December 31, 2016.
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