Ending Child Support
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Ending Child Support
Child support is the financial obligation a non-custodial parent owes to the parent taking primary care of the children. When the financial obligation of child support ends depends on state law and circumstances such as whether a child support waiver has been granted.
What Is the Age of Maturity Involving Child Support?
Child support guidelines typically allows child support to end when the child reaches the legal age in the state. The age of maturity can be 18 or 21 years old depending on state law.
Can My Child Support Obligations End Earlier than Age of Maturity?
Yes. Child support obligations will end if the child elects to become emancipated. A child becomes emancipated when the court determines that the child is a legal adult even though they are under 18 years old.
Child support can also end when the child:
- Is adopted by other individuals
- Lives with the parent required to pay child support
- Goes on active military duty
- Is no longer the responsibility of the non-custodial parent because they decided to terminate their parental rights
Can My Child Support Obligation Continue beyond the Age of Maturity?
Yes. Under certain circumstances, child support can continue beyond the age of maturity, such as the non-custodial parent providing financial support to:
- A child in college
- A child who is special needs and requires continued care
How Do I End My Child Support Obligations?
Before ending child support, you should research eligibility requirements like adoption, emancipation, age of maturity, or active duty. Check for any adverse situations that could cause you to be denied your request for ending child support, such as:
- Court orders
- Criminal charges
- Wage garnishments
You must go to court to petition the court to end the child support. At the hearing, you will need to explain why you want to stop paying child support.
Do I Need an Attorney to Help End My Child Support Payments?
To understand more about ending child support or advice on the subject, you should hire a child support attorney. A family law attorney will assist you in determining whether you meet eligibility requirements and in filing the petition in court.
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Last Modified: 12-28-2015 02:55 PM PST
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