In South Carolina, child support generally ends automatically when a child reaches 18 or graduates from high school. Are you still making the payments on your own account, or are they being garnished from your wages? If they are being garnished, you may want to contact your local child support office, because this may have been done in error.
In accordance with the above, South Carolina's domestic relations code requires that parents pay support for their "minor" children, so upon reaching the age of majority (18 in South Carolina), child support obligations should end.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions. If this answers your question, please click "accept" so I may receive credit for my answer.
If they have not terminated the obligation automatically, then you can file a petition to terminate child support, and show the court that she is 18 and not in school. You can get a lawyer to represent you in this matter and you may want to do so as a lawyer can guide you in filing, preparing pleadings, and requesting that the court forgive the $500 since this obligation should have been terminated.
If you are living on a low income, you may qualify for free or low-cost legal services. This website provides links to some organizations which provide free or low cost legal services to those in need: www.ptla.org/links/services.htm.
Please let me know if you need any additional help!
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).