Child support may continue after the child turns 18 if it is shown that the child is still primarily dependent and/or needs financial support. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the child has to be completely dependent upon the parents for financial support. On the contrary, if a court determines that the child is now beyond the parent’s control, it may declare that the child is emancipated (meaning the paying parent is no longer required to pay child support). As such, emancipation is more dependent on self-sufficiency and needs rather than the age of the child.