Do I Have To Keep Paying Child Support?

child supportQuestion:

I’ve been paying child support for my daughter for 19 years. She graduated from high school last year and is planning on moving out of her mom’s house soon.

Do I have to keep paying child support to her mother or only my arrears?


I am not licensed to practice law in your state. Therefore, I cannot inform you as to the specific laws of your state and can only provide you with general information concerning child support.

You should have been able to stop paying current child support for your daughter when she turned 18 (19 in some states) or when she graduated from high school. The child support division in your state may have made this change automatically.

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It seems that they have indicated that you are now paying arrearages. If you do have a past due balance for previously unpaid support, then yes you still have that debt and the child support division can continue to collect child support until that past due balance is paid off.

You should be able to get an account statement from the child support division and see all payments you have made over the years and all “payments due” over the years and determine whether you still have a past due amount. If you believe that the child support division has made a mistake in their calculations, you can ask them to review your account and make the necessary adjustments.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than general child support tips, so please consult a domestic litigation attorney in your area to obtain specific advice as to the laws in your state and how they impact your circumstances.

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