Can child support get terminated? 

In most cases, a parent is financially responsible for their child until they reach the age of twenty-one, but there are other certain circumstances that can cause child support to become terminated. The following is a list of certain life events that could terminate your obligation to pay child support:

  • Your child reaches the age of twenty-one.
  • Your child gets married or habitually lives with someone of the opposite sex.
  • Your child maintains a permanent residence away from your ex (their custodial parent).
  • Your child or their custodial parent passes away.
  • Your child enters the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Your child gets a full-time job after they have turned eighteen. You should note that exceptions do apply to this rule. For instance, if the child is only employed part time or they are only employed full time during vacations from school, their employment would not terminate your child support obligation.
  • You become the custodial parent instead of your ex.
  • Your child’s custodial parent is unfairly denying you visitations with your child.

Always talk to a child support attorney in Hauppauge before you act. 

It is important to note that with any of the above circumstances (and even cases of emancipation) your child support obligation won’t just magically go away. In most cases, you will need to file a petition in order to have your obligation terminated. However, it’s always best to talk to a child support attorney before you act, so that they can help you make the right decision for you. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.