Can My Ex Request Child Support Past The Emancipation Date?

child supportQuestion:

Does my ex-wife have any right to request that I pay child support past our daughter’s emancipation date until she finishes college?


Please be advised that I am barred in Pennsylvania and will answer your question based on my experience in Pennsylvania.

In this state, child support terminates upon the later of graduation from high school or the child turning eighteen. Here also once the child reaches the age of suspected emancipation, the court will send an emancipation inquiry to the parents.

Philadelphia Divorce Attorney Jaimie Collins
Philadelphia Divorce Attorney Jaimie Collins

If the parents do nothing, the order will automatically be terminated by the court. However, if the obligee files for support to continue, a hearing will be scheduled on the issue and the parties will need to present evidence to support their case for/against termination of child support.

You should schedule an initial consultation with an attorney barred in your state at the earliest opportunity to discuss the facts of your case and your options for relief further.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Pennsylvania divorce lawyer Jaimie Collins, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on,, and, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

One comment on “Can My Ex Request Child Support Past The Emancipation Date?

    If my child support order is from New York State and it is being collected by The Division of Child Support Enforcement in the State of Delaware where I reside now will my son’ child support terminate at age of 21 which is NYS age limit or the age of 18 in Delaware which is its terminate age limit?

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