Legal Question in Family Law in Kansas

My divorce took place in Kansas. My ex-husband still lives there, but I now live in Missouri. Our daughter just turned 18, but doesn't graduate high school until May of 2012. Can he just stop paying child support because she turned 18? Doesn't he have to pay until dhe graduates? We don't go through the court to have child support paid.

Asked on 11/02/11, 4:39 pm

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Rian Ankerholz Ankerholz and Smith
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First, check your divorce paperwork to see what it provides. If there are no special provisions, the applicable Kansas law from KSA 60-1610 is as set forth below. Normally, child support will continue until June 30 of the child's senior year in high school.

Regardless of the type of custodial arrangement ordered by the court, the court may order the child support and education expenses to be paid by either or both parents for any child less than 18 years of age, at which age the support shall terminate unless: (A) The parent or parents agree, by written agreement approved by the court, to pay support beyond the time the child reaches 18 years of age; (B) the child reaches 18 years of age before completing the child's high school education in which case the support shall not terminate automatically, unless otherwise ordered by the court, until June 30 of the school year during which the child became 18 years of age if the child is still attending high school; or (C) the child is still a bona fide high school student after June 30 of the school year during which the child became 18 years of age, in which case the court, on motion, may order support to continue through the school year during which the child becomes 19 years of age so long as the child is a bona fide high school student and the parents jointly participated or knowingly acquiesced in the decision which delayed the child's completion of high school.

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