I am doing all I can to help my daughter and she has worked very hard in school. We are looking into all sources of money for school and of course i will help her. Her father has let me know support stops at 18 is there something I can file. The money does not have to come to me it can be placed in an account to help with her expenses.
In Virginia, support generally ends when the subject child reaches 18 or finishes high school, whichever is later. It can be extended via an agreement on the subject. However, there is no recognized cause of action within the context of child support or divorce whereby you can compel the other parent to pay post-secondary education for a child who has reached the age of majority. At that point, the child supports herself and the law does not require a parent to put forth anything more. Hopefully he will have a change of heart and support your daughter as she enters this new stage of her life. Good luck.
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Unfortunately, the answer to your question is: "No." A parent is not obligated to support a child beyond the age of 18 (or after high school graduation).
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You would not be able to file for a modification of the current support order. The court will not order a parent to support his/her child once that child turns 18, unless the child qualifies under the following exceptions: the child is a full-time high school student, living in the home of the party seeking or receiving child support until such child reaches the age of 19 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs first, or the child is severely and permanently mentally or physically disabled, and such disability and unable to live independently and support him or herself.
This does not prevent you from trying to reach an agreement with the father where he would pay for some of your daughter's college tuition/expenses.
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