For many divorced Texas parents, child support payments, whether they are being made or received, are a simple fact of life. However, when child support comes to an end, it can impact parents' finances, especially if the parent has been receiving child support payments for years. In most cases, child support ends when the child turns 18; however, there are instances where child support may end before the age of 18 or after.
In all states, child support may end when the child reaches what is called the age of majority. In the state of Texas, this is when the child either graduates from high school or turns 18. However, in some cases, the noncustodial parent may agree to continue to provide child support until the child is 21 if they are attending college. Additionally, if the child has special needs or is disabled, the child support payments may be extended.