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What events end child support obligations?

On Behalf of | May 5, 2021 | Child Support

Child support is one of the important divorce-related topics that individuals must resolve when their marriages end. When two Arizona parents share a child, they will have to come to terms with how they will physically raise their child and provide their child with the financial support they require. Generally, both of a child’s parents will contribute to financially support them until they are an adult.

However, child support obligations can last for different amounts of time depending on the circumstances of the children and families. This post will introduce some of the events that may terminate parents’ child support obligations. However, readers should not rely on the contents of this post as legal advice. Their family law attorneys can help them understand how and when their child support obligations will end based on their specific cases.

Terminal events for child support

There are several events which will generally bring a parents child support obligation to attend. For example, if the child is out of school and reaches 18 years of age, their parent may be released from their child support application. If, though, the child turns 18 years old and is still in high school, their parent may be obligated to continue paying child support until they graduate or turn 19 years of age.

There are other events that may cause child support obligations to end early period for example if a child chooses to enlist in the military, their parents may not have to pay child support for them after their enlistment. Similarly, a child who gets married may rely upon their spouse for support and their parents may no longer be required to provide them with child support. Finally, a child who emancipates from their parents may no longer have the right to receive child support payments from them. These are all special circumstances that should be discussed with family law lawyers before parents take actions to end their child support obligations.

Understanding specific child support orders

Parents should remember that they may choose to extend their child support obligations to their children into their adulthood if they want. When children suffer from medical ailments or delays, they may require help even after they become adults. The child support agreements and orders that are generated during parents’ divorces and separations will control how and when they may cease to pay child support for the benefit of their kids.