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Do I have to file an order to end child support?

Bolingbrook, IL |
Filed under: Ending child support

My child is going to be completing high school this weekend. She is 18 and will be 19 this June. My ex gets the check directly from my company and my papers state that my obligation is over when she graduates or turns 19 whichever is first. So, is it necessary that I go to court to file something?

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  1. You need to contact your employer and see if they are going to stop the withholding.m there needs to be a specific date on your child support order. If not you may need to go to court for an order.

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  2. What you'll need to do will depend on what the papers say. Assuming this is your only child (or your youngest child) then if the divorce judgment, uniform order for support and withholding order all include the specific termination date, you're probably all set. If they do not, then you should enter an appropriate order terminating the uniform order for support and the withholding order. Otherwise, you could end up in a bureaucratic nightmare where the SDU keeps withholding, accruing an arrearage or seeking to intercept funds even though it shouldn't.


  3. I agree with the previous answers. The only addition matter you will want to add if you go to court is that there are no arrearages owed and have proof you have paid your full child support obligation in full.

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