One of the most common questions that I get asked as a family law attorney is: “When can I stop paying my ex child support?” Most people mistakenly believe that child support payments stop when their child turns 18. However, per Maryland statute, child support payments end when one of the following occurs:
- the child graduates high school
- the child turns 19
- the child is emancipated
- the child marries
For more immediate questions regarding child support, contact the family law attorneys at Andalman & Flynn.
Explaining Child Support Obligations in Maryland
As the obligor (the parent paying child support), note that your child support obligation doesn’t automatically cease. There are steps that must be taken to ensure that the Office of Child Support Enforcement (if your support is paid through that office) and/or the Court is notified that the child has become emancipated and, therefore, your obligation should be terminated. In order to properly terminate your child support payments with the court, you must file a Motion requesting that the judge terminate your obligation.
Exceptions to Maryland Child Support Terminations
It is important to note that there are exceptions to seeking a child support termination order.
Obligors should also remember that if you have accumulated child support arrears, your payment obligation may not be terminated until the arrears have been paid. Just because your child is now emancipated doesn’t mean that arrears are forgotten or forgiven.
Child Support Attorney in Maryland
If you’re going through a divorce and need help determining child support arrangements, Andalman & Flynn has the dedicated child support lawyers for you. We’ll help you understand child support laws in the Maryland area and fight to protect your rights and the interests of your children.
If you have questions as to when you should file to terminate your child support payments, whether or not doing so is in your best interest, or any other questions regarding child support, please contact attorney Amanda Vann at 301-563-6685 or Avann@a-f.net.