What exactly is child support? 

Before we go into the basics of child support, you first need to understand exactly what it is. Child support is the money that the noncustodial parents pays to the custodial parent to support the child. The custodial parent is the parent that the child lives with the majority of the time, which is why child support is paid to them. Child support is designed to cover a the expenses of caring for a child, including health care costs, educational expenses, clothes, food, etc. The amount of child support paid is determined by the income of both parents.

How long does the noncustodial parent have to pay child support?

While the age of majority is 18 when it comes to visitation and child custody, it is 21 for child support. That means that, in most cases, child support has to be paid until the child has reached the age of 21, but there are certain circumstances that may lead to the suspension or termination of child support. For instance, if the child becomes emancipated, financially self-supported, married or enters into the military, child support may be terminated. However, until the child reaches the ages of 21, child support will not automatically go away. You have to go to the court that made the child support order in order to modify it.

Child support is a very complicated issue, and because every case is unique, it makes it even more complicated. If you have any questions about child support, please contact our child support attorney in Hauppauge. We offer complimentary consultations, and we’d be happy to help.