Child Support in New York State is a complex area of the law with certain small distinctions
that can have a significant impact on a parent's obligation to pay
child support or a parent's right to receive child support. The purpose
of this child support blog is not to discuss
how child support is set but to only discuss how child
support is terminated in New York State.
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As a general rule parents are liable for support of their children to the
age of 21 but not beyond. However, child support liability terminates
upon certain life events even when the child has not yet attained the
age of 21 years.
Absent a written agreement by the parties, such as in a divorce settlement
or stipulation, child support will end at 21 years of age. Just as parents
can not be compelled to pay child support for children over 21 years of
age, parents can not be compelled to pay education expenses for a child
over 21 years of age unless both parents have an agreement to do so in
writing. This agreement is usually found in a
The following are significant life events that terminate a child support
1. Attainment of the age of twenty-one (21) years
2. Marriage of the child or habitually residing with a person of the opposite sex.
3. Permanent residence away from the custodial parent.
4. Death of the child or the Wife.
5. Entry into the Armed Forces of the Unites States by the child.
6. Engagement in full-time employment upon and after attaining the age
of eighteen, except that:
(a) Engagement by the child in partial, part-time or sporadic
employment shall not constitute emancipation; and
(b) Engagement by the child in full-time employment during school vacations
recesses and summer periods shall not be deemed emancipation.
7. Change of residential custody from custodial parent to the non-custodial parent.
8. If the non-custodial parent has been denied visitation, in that the
custodial parent has wrongfully interfered with visitation the court may
suspend child support prospectively only.
Even if an emancipation event takes place the non-custodial parent must
file a petition to terminate child support to obtain a court order to
have the payments stopped. The top child support lawyers will tell you
it is never advisable to wait on the custodial parent. It is always better
to be pro-active.
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