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Child Support Obligation Termination Date Changes

Child Support Obligation Termination Date Changes

February 1, 2017 marks the beginning of the new child support termination laws in New Jersey. Any parent who is required to make monthly child support payments should be aware of how this law may affect them in the future. Parents with children nearing age 19 should speak with an experienced family law attorney who can help them determine whether they will be obligated to continue making payments once that birthday occurs.

The new law ends the obligation to make child support payments upon the child’s 19th birthday. However, there are certain circumstances that would require the parent to make payments until the child turns 23 years old. This would be the case if the child has a disability defined by law, or if they are a full time high school, college, or vocational school student. There are certain situations in which the child support law would terminate payments after the child’s 19th birthday, even if they are not a full time student. This law can get confusing and therefore, it is important to double check your obligation status with an experienced attorney so you don’t find yourself in legal trouble. The most important thing that a person should be aware of is that they are not permitted to stop making payments until they have received a Notice of Child Support Obligation Termination.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the status of your child support obligation as the date quickly approaches, you should schedule a consultation with an experienced family law attorney in New Jersey who can assess your situation and tell you what to expect.

Debra F. Schneider, Esq. is a compassionate and effective divorce attorney guiding Hackensack, Bergen County, and New Jersey clients through divorce matters, child support, child custody and other issues. If you need help with your family law matter, contact our Hackensack office for a consultation.

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