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Ending Child Support

How Do You End Child Support Obligations?

Whether you are in the middle of a divorce proceeding or your divorce was final years ago, if there are minor children involved, one of the key questions will be how and when the obligation to pay child support ends. Most people assume that it terminates once your child reaches the age of 18, but that’s not necessarily the case. The laws vary from state to state, and the parties can have a say in when support ends. In addition, support may be terminated if your child becomes “emancipated” or may be extended if your child becomes disabled and unable to meet his or her obligations.

The Law in Texas

How Do You End Child Support Obligations?Under Texas law, you generally have to pay child support until your child’s 18th birthday or until he or he graduates from high school, whichever comes later. The obligation to pay child support does not end automatically, though. The existing child support order must be terminated by the court or must be superseded by a new support order. Accordingly, you should review your child support order and determine when it is scheduled to end. You should also notify the state’ child support enforcement agency in advance when you believe that your child support obligation is about to expire.

The Effect of Emancipation on Child Support

One of the purposes of child support is to allow the custodial parent to cover expenses related to providing a home for the child. If your child becomes self-supporting, or takes other actions that constitute emancipation, your support obligation may be terminated. Other actions that qualify as emancipation include marriage, joining the military, or permanently leaving the custodial parent’s home.

Contact Stewart Law, PLLC

At the office of Linda Stewart Law, PLLC, in Baytown, we bring more than 10 years of experience to clients in south Texas.

To learn how we can help, call our office at 281-420-8020 or contact us online. We offer an initial consultation at a reduced fee of $50. We accept credit cards and will set up a payment plan, if appropriate. Our offices are open Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and until noon on Fridays. Evening and weekend appointments can be arranged upon request.

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