How long does child support run in Ohio? As a general rule, a child support obligation continues until the child turns 18. However, there are a few exceptions to that general rule. The most common exception is if a child turns 18 but is still attending high school. In this case, the child support obligation will continue until the child (now legally an adult) graduates from high school. Another exception we often see is if a child has special needs that prevent the child from becoming a self-supporting adult. In this scenario, the child support can continue after the child turns 18. For a special needs child, parents may want to consider a special needs trust as part of a support obligation.
Generally, the child support enforcement agency will continue to withhold support until a child turns 18 or graduates high school, whichever occurs last, unless some action (including an order of the court) is taken to continue child support beyond that time frame.
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