Child Support Termination Procedures By State

state child support terminationChild support does not automatically terminate once the child reaches the age of emancipation in most states. To stop the collection, you may have to file a motion with the court that originally ordered the support.

So which states require a motion and which states automatically stop child support upon emancipation? DadsDivorce.com researched state child support laws and compiled this comprehensive list of state-by-state child support termination procedures.

If you need assistance ending your child support obligation, please contact Cordell & Cordell child support lawyers.

 

Alabama

Obligor must file with the clerk of the court that issued the child support order a sworn affidavit stating that all children subject to the order have reached the age of majority and all child support arrearages are paid off.

Alaska

Either the custodial or non-custodial parent of a child must notify the child support enforcement agency in their county for any reason a support order would terminate.

Arizona

All child support orders signed by a judge after Jan. 1, 2005, will contain the date that the support should stop accruing. This automatically terminates the order unless there is any unpaid support owed.

Arkansas

Child support obligations are automatically terminated if requirements for age of emancipation are met.

California

Obligor must file an Ex Parte Application for Wage and Earnings Assignment Order with proof of the child’s age and education with the court.

Colorado

A Motion to Terminate Child Support must be completed and filed with the court.

Connecticut

A Motion to Modify and Terminate Child Support must be filed with the court.

Delaware

Child support obligations terminate by operation of law.

District of Columbia

A motion with the court to stop the child support order is needed to be filed.

Florida

Request for the clerk of the court that filed the order for support to check the information on it and confirm emancipation of child.

Georgia

Child support obligations automatically terminate when a child reaches majority.

Hawaii

The Child Support Enforcement Agency will send each parent an administrative order proposing to terminate child support around the time the child is emancipated. Each parent will look over the proposed order and either approve it or request to contest the order at a hearing.

Idaho

File a Motion and Affidavit to Terminate Income Withholding Order for Child Support.

Illinois

The Child Support Order should contain a provision calling for the automatic termination of support upon the emancipation of child, but if no such provision exists, a motion to terminate should be filed with the circuit court that issued the original support order.

Indiana

A Verified Petition to Reduce Child Support due to Emancipation of Minor Child(ren) must be filed with the clerk of the court that issued the original support order.

Iowa

The custodial parent must submit a Motion to Terminate Income Withholding Order. The noncustodial parent will receive a hearing date from the court and must personally serve the motion on the custodial parent through a process server or sheriff.

Kansas

An Affidavit for Termination of Child Support must be filed with the court.

Kentucky

Provide the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services with the child’s original or certified birth certificate and, if applicable, the marriage license to terminate the support order.

Louisiana

Child support obligation automatically terminates upon child’s emancipation.

Maine

Fill out an Income Withholding for Support form, indicating that support needs to be terminated and provide all proper identifying information. Then send this to the proper entity, whether it be the Child Support Enforcement Agency or the court.

Maryland

Send a written statement to your case specialist stating the facts of the case and that you need child support to be terminated because child was emancipated.

Massachusetts

If the original support order doesn’t specify a Wage Assignment— specifies the date the order ends — then support will terminate automatically upon the emancipation of child.

Michigan

Fill out an Income Withholding for Support form indicating that support needs to be terminated and send to the court that issued the order.

Minnesota

Child support terminates automatically upon emancipation of child.

Mississippi

Child support terminates automatically upon emancipation of child.

Missouri

Complete an Affidavit for Termination of Child Support and turn it in to the court that issued the support order.

Montana

Child support terminates automatically upon emancipation of child.

Nebraska

Complete an Application and Affidavit to Obtain Termination of Child Support and turn them in to the clerk of the court that issued the order.

Nevada

Child support terminates automatically upon emancipation of child.

New Hampshire

Child support terminates automatically upon emancipation of the child.

New Jersey

Must file a Motion for Termination of Child Support with the court that issued the order.

New Mexico

A petition to terminate support may have to be filed with the court if the original order did not specify the date that support obligations were to end.

New York

The non-custodial parent must make an application for the termination of child support upon the emancipation of the child.

North Carolina

A Motion to Terminate Child Support must be filed when child is emancipated unless the original order specifically states the date that support obligations are terminated.

North Dakota

A Notification of Termination must be sent to the Child Support Enforcement Agency that you filed the order with.

Ohio

The custodial parent is required to notify the Child Support Enforcement Agency when child is emancipated that their support order needs to be terminated.

Oklahoma

Once child is emancipated,  a notice that all support obligations have terminated must be filed by obligor with the child support enforcement agency and any employers that withheld income from them.

Oregon

A Request for Review of termination must be filed with the court.

Pennsylvania

A Petition to Vacate must be filed with the court once child has been emancipated.

Rhode Island

A Motion to Terminate child support must be filed when child is emancipated.

South Carolina

A Motion and Affidavit in Support of Termination of Child Support Based on Emancipation must be filed with the court.

South Dakota

A Motion to Terminate child support must be filed when child is emancipated.

Tennessee

Child support terminates automatically upon emancipation of child if paying to other spouse, but if paying through a state child support office, a motion to terminate child support must be filed.

Texas

Child support terminates automatically upon emancipation of child.

Utah

An Affidavit for Termination of Child Support must be filed with the court.

Vermont

Child support terminates automatically upon emancipation of child.

Virginia

Child support terminates automatically upon emancipation of child.

Washington

A Motion to Terminate must be filed with the court.

West Virginia

File a Motion for Termination of Child Support with the court that issued the order.

Wisconsin

A Motion to Terminate must be filed with the court.

Wyoming

A Petition to Terminate Child Support must be filed with the court that issued the support order.

Sources:

State judiciaries and child support agencies.
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bradl sexton
21 days 7 hours ago

Please help,,,,,,,, My son will be thirty this year has a collage degree….Since he was eighteen have have paid thru the courts almost 30,000.00 dollars……….his mother has agreed to sign papers stop payments????????????Do I need a lawyer or what should I do???The child support office has stop taking money out of my check but in July I have a 55.00dollar bill due for the child support off,an annual fee that I have always payed should I still pay it??????????

Gary
1 month 16 days ago
Family services of Missouri handled my child support. So I don’t see how petitioning a judge to terminate the support order is viable. My daughter turned 21 on April 6th. FSM says I must still pay for the entire amount for the month of April. Yet the laws covering this, state the obligations are over when the child reaches 21 unless otherwise ordered by a judge to continue or arrears are due. So why must I keep paying? Is this right? What Can I do to stop this? They told me over the phone that any over payment will be… Read more »
Mary
1 month 25 days ago

My husband recieved a form from CSS completed by the mother of his children. It says “Terminated” on it. What does that mean?

Pete Figueroa
3 months 6 days ago

need a form to file motion to terminated child support for LaSalle county in IL

Erickson
6 months 27 days ago

I live in New York. I have a son who is 20 yrs old. He is working part-time & is in college? Can he be emancipated based on his income, though he is 20 yrs old?

Nathan
8 months 13 days ago

In the state of Texas, would like to know my right and how can I go by terminating child support. My daughter has dropped out of school as of a year ago and is only 17 she also has moved out of mothers house and living with others for over 6 months now. What can I do legally to terminate without needing to have a lawyer and fees… Our case was private within the Greg County district clerks office not With the Texas State District.

1 year 3 months ago

Children live with father for years mother agrees to sign off on court ordered child support that she has gotten for years. How do we go about stopping the child support order?

amber
2 years 1 month ago

my husband is getting sued for child support and he signed divorce papers with the fact that he did sign over his rights and the court issued the fact he would not need to pay child support so can she take us back to court now

CL
2 years 4 months ago
There is no emancipation in the state of MAI am a step mother that took very very good care of my stepson for 16 years. his mother and my husband and I had a great relationship, and he always had anything he ever needed. But due to his mother almost loosing her home, and at the age of 16 he came to us and asked if we would mind that he gets a part time job which was mainly on weekends so we accommodated his request. We have not spoken to him (maybe twice) since. During this period his mother… Read more »
Aaron
3 years 3 months ago

dropped out of school and pregnant
My 15 ye old daughter is pregnant and dropped out of school is that right that I still pay child support I have another family to support and the state is on her side and wont listen to me what can I do in this situation

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