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When do Child Support Payments End in San Diego

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2022 | Child Support

When do child support payments end in San Diego?  If you have been ordered to pay child support during or after a divorce it is important to remain current with support payments as much as possible and to carefully review the specific orders issued in your case.  The Certified Family Law Specialists at Burke & Domercq can answer questions and provide sound advice and counsel to clients with any question regarding child custody & parenting time as well as child support.

Generally speaking, the obligation to pay child support in California ends when the child reaches the age of “majority” or 18 years of age.  If the child turns 18 but is still completing high school or attending classes, the obligation continues until the age of 19 or graduation from high school, whichever comes first.

There are several other instances where child support payments end in San Diego.  One example is if the supported child marries or joins the military.  Child support is also usually terminated if a child becomes “emancipated.” This is a fairly complex legal distinction requiring either of the first two examples (military, marriage) or if emancipation is declared by a Judge.  There are several reasons for a Judge to consider emancipation under California Family Law.  Child support also is terminated in the unfortunate even of the supported child’s passing.

Another important issue associated with the question “when do child support payments end in San Diego” involves the legal termination of existing child support orders.  As a parent who has been ordered to pay child support, you must ask the Court to terminate the existing child support order or you may be held legally liable for continued payments.  This should be a straight forward process, but it is a good idea to check in with the Court who issued the order regarding the process to terminate support.

If you have questions regarding child support, child custody and parenting time or any other family law issue we invite you to review the strong recommendations of former clients and the legal industry and contact us or call 760-389-3927 to schedule an appointment for a remote or socially distanced consultation with one of our experienced Certified Family Law Specialists.