What is Louisiana law in reference to child support for a child who is eighteen years of age as of October, who is still in high school but does not graduate until May of the following year? Is there an obligation to pay child support to the parent? Can the child support be given directly to the child?
Hello and thank you for choosing JustAnswer!In Louisiana, child support may be terminated at 18 or Emancipation; if child is still in high school, until 19 or graduation, whichever is first, or, if child is developmentally disabled and fulltime in secondary school, until age 22.Under Louisiana Code section 315.22 the duty to pay child support terminates automatically when the minor child reaches the Age of Majority if the support award is for only one child. If there are two children then NOTHING happens automatically until the youngest child reaches age 18 (or 19 if still in high school or reaches age 22 if disabled). If there are two children and the older child reaches age 18 first and is not in high school then you can file a motion to modify child support for that child (it will not happen automatically).Usually the Child Support Order indicates that payment should be made to the parent and, generally, child support must be paid to the other parent. If the Child Support Order indicates that the parents may agree to something else then the other parent may agree to allow you to give the money directly to the child but Courts will generally enforce payment to the other parent and not the child.I hope this has helped. Please let me know if you need me to further clarify my answer and I will do my best to so clarify.Thank you,RobertWhile of course not required, positive feedback and/or a bonus are greatly appreciated if I have been helpful. To request my assistance again in the future, please go to the following link and enter your question on my profile page:http://www.justanswer.com/law/expert-askrobert/
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