How di I stop child support payments after my kids are of legal age? 24 Answers as of July 11, 2013

How do I stop child support payment after my kids are of legal age? My case was handled in 1993, both kids from the marriage are now 21, and 19.

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Gregory T. Buckley, Attorney at Law
Gregory T. Buckley, Attorney at Law | Gregory T. Buckley
You need to file a Supplemental Petition or Motion, preferably with the court where the child support order was issued. Do this as soon as possible, as it can be very difficult to get the money back once it is paid to the other party.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 6/13/2011
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
If you are the person paying the support payments, just stop paying the child support when the child reaches the age specified in the Judgment for the support payments to stop. If the support payments are being deducted from your paycheck and paid by your employer, you should consult with and/or retain an experienced Family Law Attorney to prepare, file and serve appropriate documentation to terminate support deductions via Wage Assignment from your pay.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/13/2011
Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A.
Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A. | Joanna Mitchell
You need to file a motion to terminate child support obligation due to emancipation of the children. However, if you still have arrearages, you may have to still continue paying until those are paid in full. You really should consult with an attorney to assist you with this as soon as possible. My office offers free consultations if you would like to discuss your matter further. If you would like to schedule a free telephone consultation, please contact my office.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 6/13/2011
Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
It is supposed to automatically stop per the terms of the orders. Look at the orders, if there is no provision for stopping, it, file a motion with the court.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 6/13/2011
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
If it is a Colorado court support order, the law currently says no new order is required once all children are 19 or older. However, if the support is being paid by an involuntary payroll deduction you may need to get a termination order if the employer isn't willing to stop. To get that order, you need to file a motion with the court.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 6/13/2011
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn | Paul Zahn
    The order should be self terminating. If you are on a garnishment, then you need to file a motion to quash the garnishment. If you are looking for an attorney and are in my area, please contact me for a free consultation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/13/2011
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni | Jay W. Neff
    In Washington, your child support order should tell you. First, I assume that we are talking about current support only. Paragraphs 3.13 and 3.14 of your child support order will tell you when current support stops. Generally, paragraph 3.13 will say something like: support terminates when the child is both out of high school and over the age of 18 except as set forth in paragraph 3.14. Paragraph 3.14 deals with support for collect. If there is no college support and if there are no special circumstances that might extend support, then, one a child is over 18 and out of high school, current support is supposed to stop. There is also the issue of back support. If there is back support owed for missed payments that arrearage can be collected for up to ten years after the current support ends, depending on how much back support you owe. Once the end date for current support is passed and all back support is paid, you should be able to just stop paying. If that doesn't happen for some reason, or if someone tries to continue to collect support, you may have to go back to court to ask the court to order the support be terminated.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/13/2011
    Cody and Gonillo, LLP
    Cody and Gonillo, LLP | Christine Gonilla
    If there is an income withholding order in place you should go to the courthouse at which the case was heard and file a termination of the orders since the children have reached the age where support is no longer payable. If there is no such withholding you simply stop paying.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 6/10/2011
    Law Office of Robert L. Fiedler
    Law Office of Robert L. Fiedler | Robert L Fiedler
    You would have to file a motion to modify and terminate child support.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 6/13/2011
    The English Law Firm
    The English Law Firm | Robert English
    There should be a provision in the judgment for support to automatically terminate. However, if you are still being garnished, you may need to take action. If a child support services agency is collecting or enforcing the matter, then you can contact them. If there is no enforcement agency, you can motion the court to terminate the payments.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/10/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    The child support should cease automatically when each child reaches the age of 18 and graduates high school. If the child does not graduate but pursues a course of study to graduate or obtain a GED, the child support may continue to the age of 21. If child support should have terminated but did not, you will be required to file a Motion to terminate that obligation.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 6/10/2011
    Howard W. Collins, Attorney at Law
    Howard W. Collins, Attorney at Law | Howard W. Collins
    Assume Oregon law applies: For all purposes child support ends for the oldest at age 21. If the 19 year old is a "child attending school" pursuant to Oregon law, you will have to continue paying child support. The rub here is that you may need to file a motion to modify the support if the child support order was a class order and not an order of a certain amount of child support for each child.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 6/10/2011
    Law Office of James Lentz
    Law Office of James Lentz | James Lentz
    If the 19 year old is done with high school, in Ohio you would file an affidavit with the court or administrative agency that ordered the child support. You must have cured any arrearages to have it canceled. Please contact a domestic relations attorney for further information.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 6/10/2011
    Michael Anthony Wing, P.C.
    Michael Anthony Wing, P.C. | Michael Anthony Wing
    In Mobile County, our clerk has a procedure where you just file an affidavit stating they have reached the age of majority, and attach copies of the birth certificate. There is no filing fee for that particular procedure. Stay well.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 6/10/2011
    Vincent J. Bernabei LLC
    Vincent J. Bernabei LLC | Vincent J. Bernabei
    Child support terminates automatically when the children no longer qualify for support. Since one of your children is no longer eligible for support, you should file a motion to modify child support with the court that ordered support (or through the child support division of the local D.A.) to reduce your support obligation. If the 19 y.o. is not attending school, then support should terminate automatically. If support is paid by income withholding from your employment income, you may have to file a motion with the court requesting that the income withholding order be terminated.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 6/10/2011
    Beresford Booth PLLC
    Beresford Booth PLLC | S. Scott Burkhalter
    In Washington State, support typically stops when the children turn 18 or graduate from high school (unless there is a continued post secondary educational support obligation).
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/10/2011
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller | Jody A. Miller
    If you are making the payments directly, you should be able to just stop making the payments as it appears child support has legally ceased for both children. If your payments are made via income deduction order you would need a court order to stop the deductions. Before you take any action you need to take your divorce decree to a lawyer and discuss what options are available to you.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/10/2011
    Michael Rose Attorney at Law
    Michael Rose Attorney at Law | Michael Rose
    Where is the child support? Is it with the Child support office? Was the custodial parent ever on welfare?
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/11/2013
    Ashman Law Office
    Ashman Law Office | Glen Edward Ashman
    Unless your lawyer screwed up, payments stop automatically pursuant to the paperwork. If it didn't, see a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/10/2011
    Law Office of Patricia Van Haren
    Law Office of Patricia Van Haren | Patricia Van Haren
    If you have a wage assignment, you would need to submit paperwork the employer showing that your children are now over age 18 and graduated from high school. If you are making payments on your own, you would just top paying. The only payments you may need to make are spousal support payments if there is an order for spousal support.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/10/2011
    Edwin Fahlen Attorney at Law
    Edwin Fahlen Attorney at Law | Edwin Fahlen
    You need to stop paying. If there is an earnings assignment order you should obtain competent legal counsel to get into court immediately to stop the deductions. Normally, trying to stop this without legal counsel, and without a court order will take a long time, while the State keeps taking your money. Most likely any overpayment will never be paid back, and the State will simply declare "that is your problem." Hire a lawyer. here I am.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/10/2011
    Michael Apicella
    Michael Apicella | Apicella Law and Mediation
    Simply stop paying it. If child support is being automatically deducted, then you need to contact the state disbursement unit (or DCSS) and submit the order demonstrating that the duration for support has now expired because the minor children are no longer minors.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/10/2011
    Glenn E. Tanner
    Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
    In Washington,your child support order will say when the support terminates.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/10/2011
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