When California parents decide to end their marriages it is often their children who feel some of the deepest effects of the splits. The kids may be uncertain of what their future holds and may even question where they will live as their parents separate their lives and begin establishing two households where before there was only one. Although courts seek to protect the best interests of children when they make child custody and support decisions, parents can also take action and choose to support their kids as they transition out of childhood and into adulthood.
For example, child support often ends for California kids when those children attain the age of nineteen or when they turn eighteen and have graduated from high school. Children can also lose their rights to child support if they marry before reaching the age of majority, successfully seek emancipation from their parents or engage in another activity, such as joining the military. Generally, once a child is an adult or takes an action that constructively makes them an adult their parents do not have to financially support them.
Many parents, though, choose to extend their support of their children as the kids age into their late teens and early twenties. Often parents agree through child support documents that they will both help their kids pay for college or graduate school and set their lives up before ending their formalized child support plan.
In some cases a child may suffer from a disability that requires consistent attention and care. In situations such as this a court may order that parents continue to financially support their children into adulthood. Otherwise, it is often up to parents to agree to continuing support of the children they share.