Currently paying ex child support. Can't afford to continue paying child support and pay half of college expenses at the same time.
Thanks in advance
Child support terminates when the child emancipates. Although there are different circumstances which qualify, the most common circumstance is age 19 and out of high school. With regard to college, the Law prohibits a Court from ordering you to contribute to college. However, parties are free to agree to do so in a Parenting Plan (which would then be adopted as a Court Order).
Regardless, it is difficult, if not impossible, to answer with precision without reviewing your existing Court Orders to determine exactly what you agreed to (or what the Court ordered).
You must continue to pay child support until your daughter is emancipated (and going away to college is not emancipation), or until a court order says you may stop. If you and your Ex can agree that your paying half those expenses is a substitute for child support, put that in writing, and file it with the court, a judge would probably approve that agreement. But, you need to be careful about how you word any such agreement. You really should sit down with a lawyer to discuss the specifics of your situation.
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