My Ex Is Going to Cut Off Child Support When Our Disabled Child Turns 18 - What Can I Do?


Child support does not end at age 18 for children who are unable to become financially independent because they are disabled or are in full time school.  While it may be appropriate for child support to change in those circumstances, it is not up to the support payer to decide whether continued child support is appropriate or in what amount.  If the parties cannot decide what child support is appropriate, after exchanging financial disclosure and information about why the child cannot be come financially independent, the decision will be up to a judge in Family Court. 

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If you have a court order for child support, unless it specifies and end date, then child support will just continue. If you have opted out of FRO enforcement, then you can go to to find the forms to start up FRO enforcement again.  If you have a separation agreement,  then you can file that separation agreement with the Family Court  using a Form 26B.  If you do not have a separation agreement or a court order, then you will have to start a court application for support.  If the order or agreement has a fixed end date, then you will need to start a “Moton to Change” based on your child's  anticipated need for support. 


Child support can get complicated for children over the age of 18 because the Child Support Guidelines Tables do not always apply, and there can be more ways to pay child support.  The best way to protect yourself, your children your financial security, is to find out how the law applies specifically to your situation and what steps you should take to get things to work out for you. Contact CertifiedSpecialist in Family Law (and author of the book to the left), John Schuman, by using the contact for below, by emailing him, calling 416-446-4036, or using the contact form below.  We answer all inquiries promptly and we can arrange for you to come in quickly for a consultation (charged at a reduced hourly rate). 

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