At that point, I stopped paying child support believing my obligation ended once the child was adopted.
However, I received a letter saying I owe back child support during the time that my child was adopted.
Doesn’t child support terminate once your child is adopted?
I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Maryland divorce and child support laws where I am licensed to practice.
Generally child support ends when the child reaches the age of majority or some other emancipating event occurs. The obligation to provide support to a child would also end if the child was adopted by another party.
You should not have to pay support after that time. However, if you were in arrears (meaning that you owed back child support for the time that you were responsible for support) that money would still be due.
It is also possible that the state agency that provides for the collection and monitoring of support did not receive the proper notification that the child had been adopted, severing your support obligation.
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You need to contact the state agency that deals with child support matters. Have them provide you with documentation that the support obligation has ceased and that you have paid all obligations. You may have to provide them with proof of the adoption.
If they do not have accurate information, you can typically request an audit of your account to see specifically what has been going on with regard to payment and/or arrears. Once you have that sorted out, you need to contact the state and provide them with confirmation that there is no amount owed.
I would caution you that dealing with both the child support agency and the state can be difficult. You will have to be stubborn. If you cannot get satisfactory explanations you may wish to hire a child support attorney familiar with the system to make sure the matter is dealt with.
Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a men’s divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.