At the age of eighteen (18) your child can vote, purchase cigarettes in
many parts of the State (with the exception of New York City and Suffolk
counties where the age limit is 21), obtain a driver’s license,
a credit card and engage in many other acts reserved for adults. Yet,
if you are the payor of child support in the State of New York, you will
be obligated to continue paying to support for that child until he or
she reaches the age of 21.
Sure, there are ways to terminate one’s obligation to remit child
support prior to the age of 21. These emancipation criteria are important
and should be understood by non-custodial parents and custodial parents
alike. Below are some occurrences which can terminate a parent’s
obligation to support his or her child:
- A child’s marriage, whether the marriage is later voided, annulled,
or a divorce occurs;
- A child’s enrollment in the military;
- A child’s demise;
- A child’s residence away from the home of his or her parents (except
when enrolled in college, etc.)
- A child obtaining full time employment or becoming otherwise self-supporting
(full-time work during school breaks, etc., would not serve to emancipate
a child), etc.
If you believe that your child has become emancipated or that your former
spouse/partner may be attempting to file a proceeding to emancipate your
child, contact our office for your personal, confidential consultation.
New York and New Jersey Attorney A. Sheralynn Dow is an experienced child-support
attorney who can help you navigate this complicated issue by turning your
fear into power.