Monday, March 15, 2010


A recent consultation regarded a request to terminate child support payments under the following circumstances: Child was 20 years old and residing with neither parent and residing in another state. This is from the New York State Court Help FAQ:

"Q. How old does a child have to be before child support ends?

A. In most cases, 21. If a child is under 21 and is either married, self-supporting, or in the military, a parent doesn't have to pay child support.

Q. Is there any other reason why child support might end?

A. A child between 17 and 21 who has left home and refuses to obey parents' reasonable commands can be considered "emancipated" by a court. In that case, child support might not have to be paid."

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