TERMINATING CHILD SUPPORT GARNISHMENT ORDERS WHEN CHILD TURNS 18
Family Code section 3901.1 Section 3901, subdivision (a)(1),
provides that child support continues for an unmarried child who has turned 8 years old, is a full-time high school student, and is not self-supporting, until he or she finishes 12th grade or turns 19 years old, whichever happens first.
In order to end child support wage garnishment orders, you must file a request for orders (RFO) seeking (1) a judicial determination that child support obligation had terminated and (2) a
refund of overpaid support—both on the basis that child had turned 18 and was no longer enrolled as a full-time high school student.
"Full-Time” in Family Code section 3901 has the same meaning as set forth in Education Code section 48200 regarding compulsory education for minor children: “the length of the school day
[designated] by the governing board of the school district in which the residency of either the parent or legal guardian is located.”