Typically, you can count on child support payments through your child’s 21st birthday, but for many divorced or divorcing couples, it makes sense to develop support plans that extend through college graduation.
These types of agreements can be negotiated as part of the divorce settlement or after.
On the other hand, in some circumstances, your former spouse’s support obligation may end prior to the 21st birthday.
If your child chooses to become emancipated at age 16 or older and live apart from both parents, the child will be presumed to be supporting himself and no longer eligible for child support.
Similarly, if your child marries or joins the military before the age of 21, your ex can seek a termination of the support obligation.
The attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino can help you create durable child support agreements.
Call us today at 718-725-9601 for a free consultation.