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When do child support payments end?

As discussed previously on this blog, child support payments enable children from a divorced family to continue to get the financial assistance they need to meet their everyday expenses and healthcare expenses as well. The courts often mandate Child support payments, even if the parties did not file for it. Though Louisiana residents may find this surprising to hear, there are certain instances in which a custodial parent may opt to stop receiving child support from the noncustodial parent.

This could happen if the parents end up getting back together, as this would end the reason for the payments in the first case. it could also be possible that the custodial parent could come into money suddenly, such as through an inheritance or a new job. Though there is no obligation for the custodial parent to voluntarily give it up, it is possible to end it in this situation. In fact, the paying ex-spouse may file for a child support modification order. Lastly, it is also possible that the ex-spouse's financial situation may have changed, and the receiving spouse wants to ease their ex's financial burden so they can continue to maintain a relationship with the children.

Other than this, child support payments generally end when the child reaches majority or is emancipated. It could continue post majority if the receiving spouse is unmarried as long as the child is enrolled with good standing in a secondary school or its equivalent, has not turned nineteen and is dependent on either parent.

Though child support payments are ordered by the courts in the best interests of the child, there can be situations in which parents agree that it should be terminated. However, it is important to understand the long-term ramifications of this decision and how it could effect the child's future. Speaking to an experienced attorney may be helpful in this situation.

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