Typically in the state of New York, child support ends when the child reaches the age of 21. However, some people believe that child support ends at 18. That is not the case because that’s when custody terminates in the state of New York. Child support terminates at 21. Moreover, people believe that child support terminates when the child starts to attend college. That is false as well. However, in some cases the parent who is paying for room and board for the child’s college does receive a dollar-for-dollar credit off his child support.
There are some other circumstances when child support terminates: that is unfortunately if the child passes away, upon the child joining the armed forces, if the child marries. In addition, if the child is deemed to be working full time and is self-supporting, child support may terminate as well. A more complicated way for child support to terminate is if the child decides not to reside with either parent. In that situation, sometimes child support may terminate as well.
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