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Statute of Limitations on Child Support for Florida

Florida child support statute of limitations including the civil code, what age paternity must be established and emancipate rules.

Florida Age of Majority: when child support payments can be stopped.


Statutory cite or civil code reference for the age of majority?

Section 743.07, Florida Statutes.

If not addressed in the order, at what age is child support automatically terminated as a matter of State law?


Does the date of the order impact what law is applied?

Yes, this statute operates prospectively and does not affect the rights and obligations existing prior to July 1, 1973. (s. 743.07(3), Fla. Stat.)

Does child support end if the child leaves the household but does not emancipate?

No, child support terminates at age 18 unless otherwise ordered.

Is support ever paid beyond the age of majority?

Yes, if child(ren) is/are declared legally dependent beyond that age due to mental or physical disability; the child is 18 and still in high school and will graduate prior to age 19; or support has otherwise been ordered to continue.

Statute of Limitations to enforce a child support order.

None, but to bar stale claims, "laches" may apply.

Statute of Limitations to establish paternity:

4 years after the child's 18th birthday.

Is dormancy revival/renewal possible?


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