Child support can last until 23 so long as a child is enrolled full-time in an undergraduate educational program & is principally dependent upon the parents. If the child reaches the age of 21 & graduates from college, the support may then be termianted.
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Congratulation on your child graduating. You will need to look closely at the separation agreement language regarding the termination date of child support. Usually it is defined in the agreement. You should consult with a qualified family law attorney if you have any other questions.
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In all likelihood yes you will be able to stop making payments once she finishes school. If the support is going through DOR then you might have to take a few extra steps to terminate support though.
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Child Support continues until emancipation. Emancipation will not be considered, as others have said, until 23 if they are still in school. Emancipation can also occur as defined in your separation agreement, if different. You should consult an experienced family law attorney to help prepare a potential modification.
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It depends if your order has a self-terminating clause. And it
should; it not file a Modification before the termination date
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I agree with my colleagues. It is important to note that your child support obligation may not automatically end. You may need to file a complaint for modification to technically end this obligation. That being said.... it may take up to 8 months before you are heard by a judge. The good news is that you may be entitled to "compensation" up to the time that you file the complaint for modification. DO NOT stop paying this obligation if you are unsure, you may be held in contempt.
Also, on a good note, if you are not entitled to cease the obligation you may be able to have it reduced, the child support guidelines do not necessary apply to children over 18 years of age.
Why not contact an attorney who offers a free consultation? You can't loose....
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