When Does Court-Ordered Child Support End?
Court-ordered child support usually ends when the child:
- turns 18 years of age and is not a full-time high school student or;
- turns 19 years of age (child support ends at 19 or high school graduation);
- gets married or joins the military;
- the court ends the support order; or
- dies before the age of 18;
whichever occurs first.
Parents may agree to support a child longer than the minimum required. The court may also order that both parents continue to support a disabled adult child if that child cannot support him or herself.
To end child support:
Take the following documents to the Family Law Facilitator’s Office in your county:
- proof of the child’s age and education,
- the most current child support order, and
- your last two months’ pay stubs.
Ask your local Family Law Facilitator if you need to file a motion. (Some courts require a motion and some will allow you to end child support without filing a motion.)
- For help finding the Facilitator in your county, click here.
- For the Family Law Facilitator in Contra Costa County, California, click here.
Note 1: If there is any past support owed, or if there are any other children under the age of 18 from the relationship, you may need to file a Notice of Motion (see section on Modifications) to get a court hearing to change your child support order.
Note 2: If there is a wage assignment, the Family Law Facilitator can give you the information you need to stop it.
Note 3: If one of the parents is paying spousal support to the other when child support ends, either parent may ask the court to change the spousal support - IF they do this within 6 months of the end of child support.
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