When Can I Stop Paying Child Support in New York?

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To learn what age child support payments will stop in New York, continue reading and reach out to our experienced family law attorney.

How are child support payment amounts determined?

New York courts will determine an amount for child support payments by following the calculations of the New York State Child Support Standards Act. To determine the amount, the calculations will take a percentage of the parent’s combines income and distribute it in proportion to the individual income up to $80,000. The judge will also take into consideration the family’s situation including income, financial resources, age, health, debts, assets, education, tax implications, and the academic and social life of the child. This will help determine the qualify of life a parent can afford to provide their child.

What is the age of emancipation in New York?

The parent who has physical custody of their child is known as the custodial parent. The custodial parent is the parent the child spends the majority of their time with. The custodial parent has the responsibility of providing the child with a home, food, clothing, education, and more. This is why the non-custodial parent will owe the custodial parent child support payments. These payments will be used to assist the custodial parent in covering these costs.

These child support payments will be required throughout the child’s life and will end when the child reaches the age of emancipation. The age of emancipation in New York is generally 21 years old.

However, child support payments may not always end at the age of 21 years. Courts will sometimes make exceptions to extend these payments if it is proven that the child is unable to support themselves. There are also cases where these payments can be terminated early, before the age of 21. If a parent believes their child is over the age of 18 and can support themselves, they may petition the court to end their support payments. If the court approves of this motion, child support payments can end.

If you have any additional questions regarding child support payments and your specific circumstances, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced family law attorney. Our legal team can assist you with your family law matters. Give our firm a call today to learn more about our services and how we can help.


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