Termination of child support in divorce

Does your child support order specifically reference a reduction or termination date? If you don’t know, you should definitely review the order. If the child support order was entered before October 1, 2010, it is very possible the reduction or termination date was not included. We can help you obtain a clear order identifying when the child support obligation will end whether your divorce was in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, or elsewhere.

Child support, when does it terminateUnless parents agreed otherwise, child support generally terminates on a child’s 18th birthday or between the ages of 18 and 19 if the child is enrolled in high school with a reasonable expectation of graduating from high school before the age of 19, whichever is later. If you have more than one child, the child support obligation will change with each child’s emancipation.

Child support orders are now required to include a termination and reduction dates and a schedule stating the amount of the monthly child support obligation for all the minor children at the time of the order and the amount of child support that will be owed for any remaining children after one or more of the children are no longer entitled to receive child support.

If your child support order does not include a termination date, you will likely find that the child support obligation did not automatically terminate upon the child’s emancipation. We have helped numerous clients who began receiving failure to pay notices from the Department of Revenue after their child emancipated. Ideally you will want to have the child support order modified by a divorce attorney prior to any child’s emancipation. This will ensure that you won’t have to continue to make payments to the other parent after the child’s emancipation.

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