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Child Support Modification & Emancipation Attorneys in Somerset County

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Children must receive adequate financial support to ensure their well-being. As the needs and circumstances of the parents and children change through the years, modification or termination of child support may be necessary. The most common reason to terminate child support obligations is that the child is turning 18, and is not continuing with college or technical education. In New Jersey, child support does not automatically end when the child reaches this age – in fact, it may continue until the child graduates from college. Further, even if a parent is no longer required to pay child support, he or she may still be required to pay for college expenses, depending on various factors. An experienced family law attorney in New Jersey can offer the guidance you need on this and related topics.

At Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP, we understand that financial situations change over time. Our lawyers know that it is important to balance the needs of the child with the ability of the parents to pay support. We can review your request for termination of child support and help you understand your rights and obligations.

Discuss your situation with us during a confidential consultation. Call (908) 356-7634 to schedule yours.

What Happens to Child Support When Children Turn 18?

In New Jersey, child support can be terminated in one of two ways.

Either parent can request that the family court end child support when a child:

  • Reaches the age of majority and does not attend college or other post-high school education on a full-time basis
  • Becomes financially independent
  • Moves outside of his/her parents’ “sphere of influence”

Under New Jersey law, the process of terminating child support is referred to as emancipation. This process involves filing papers with the court and requesting that the Court terminate child support.

Parents going through a divorce or custody matter can plan ahead for emancipation and set out specific circumstances under which a child will be emancipated, and agree in advance as to the level and type of support that will be provided to the child until emancipation.

We understand that emancipation and termination of child support can be a sensitive family issue. We strive to treat all parties with respect as we work to obtain the result you want.

Contact us online or call (908) 356-7634 to learn more about your rights regarding child support and emancipation.

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