Ending Child Support in Florida
by Anthony from Vero Beach, Florida, Indian River County
I am currently paying child support for my two children. Our last order stated that I had to pay until the children were 18 and graduated high school. My son is now 18 and has graduated.
Do we just split the amount in half now?
Does it stop automatically, or do we need forms? They told me it would be simple.
Answer to Florida Child Support Question
It's not quite that simple. Here are two questions and answers from the Florida Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement website, located online:
My child(ren) have emancipated (reached the age of majority), I should no longer have to pay child support. What can I do to terminate support?Notice:
The Clerk should adjust the record pursuant to the Court Order. The record would be researched to confirm the date of birth or any other information to confirm emancipation.
If the information is not contained in the court file the parties must supply the information or the documentation needed for the adjustment to be made.
How do I terminate support when my child turns 18 or graduates from high school?
It depends on the specific language contained in the Court Order. It is suggested to read your order carefully. If you believe that your order includes an event that has occurred causing support to terminate, contact the Clerk's Office.
If you believe that an event has occurred but is not included in the order, you may need to modify your Court Order by the Motion for Modification process through the Clerk's Office.
You may wish to consult an attorney. See Florida Statutes § 743.07.
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