You may have questions regarding how to stop child support. There are various circumstances in which terminating child support becomes a legal option. In some cases, the paying parent may actually be making unnecessary payments, especially if they didn’t know how to stop child support. Child support payments may be stopped if:
There are various other circumstances that may lead to the termination of child support. These include the certain living arrangements between the parents, and situations where the paying parent has become incapacitated or otherwise unable to make legal decisions.
If you wish to stop child support payments, you should check to see if any of the eligibility requirements listed above apply to you. If they do, you may wish to start by filing a claim with a family law court.
Before the hearings begin, you should also review the following points:
Child support payments do not end automatically, so the parent making the child support payments must take additional steps in order to terminate the child support payments. The parent obligated to make child support payments must request for their child support obligation to end once the child reaches the age of majority or a minor child becomes emancipated.
To find out if your obligation to pay child support is ending, you can contact the child support agency in your state to figure out your child support end date. Also, you can discuss with an attorney your rights and responsibilities while ending your child support payment obligations.
Failing to pay or terminating child support without a court judgment may result in a variety of penalties for the paying parent. The following are common penalties:
As mentioned, one option is for the court to modify the child support. A reduction in child support amounts may be appropriate in such situations. Sometimes, life events such as job loss, injury, or change in marital status may allow a parent to request for a change in the current child support payments.
When this happens, the paying parent may ask the court for a child support modification to help lower child support payment. A child support modification is a judicial order and while it does not end child support obligations completely, it can significantly reduce or increase the amount of child support a parent gives or receives.
The term emancipation refers to a court process in when a minor becomes self-supporting and no longer needs the financial support of his or her parents. A minor child may become emancipated even before the child reaches the age of 18. When a child has been emancipated, the parent who is obligated to make child support payments can make a request to the court to end the child support payments.
Canceling child support is a major decision and generally requires the assistance of an attorney. You may wish to hire a family lawyer if you need help with any child support issues or disputes. Your lawyer can help you with your issue and can ensure that your interests, as well as those of the child, are met according to the laws in your area.
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