Terminating Child Support When Obligation Ends

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My obligation for paying child support is ending soon. My separation agreement stipulates that child support shall continue until my daughter’s 19th birth or she becomes emancipated.

Is there anything I have to do to end my child support obligation or do I just stop paying when the time limit runs out?


While I am not licensed to practice law in your state and am unable to give you legal advice, I can give you some general observations on this issue based on the jurisdiction where I practice.

Where I do practice in Virginia, child support ends as dictated by the support order or agreement. Generally, where the agreement states that the support shall end upon the 19th birthday, then the support will end automatically.

However, if the support is being paid through a state agency, such as the department of social services, the department may require an extra step.

If the agreement does not contain specific language about when the support shall end, then it is incumbent upon the paying party to motion the court to end the support. If the paying party waits, and does not pay, they could be in contempt of the court’s original support order.

Questions regarding child support issues require a specialized knowledge of local law. For these reasons I would suggest you contact an attorney who specializes in family law matters in your jurisdiction.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than tips on these matters.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss child support rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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2 comments on “Terminating Child Support When Obligation Ends

    Thank you for that simple but direct advice to the child support order termination. I have a case in Virginia and as my daughter just graduated, and my order does give a specific time frame so I won’t have to do anything additionally.

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