The Top 5 Mistakes People Make After Divorce - Mistake No. 5

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Mistake No. 5 — Assuming child support terminates when a child turns 18 or when DOR sends a letter saying it will no longer collect support.

Child support does not automatically terminate on your child’s 18th birthday.  The termination of a child support obligation depends on the circumstances of your case, including whether or not your child attends college.

If the Department of Revenue (“DOR”) is collecting support for you or from you, you will likely receive a letter from DOR, as your child is approaching his/her 18th birthday, stating that DOR will no longer collect support.

The letter from DOR is not the equivalent of a court order terminating the support obligation -- it is simply notification that DOR will no longer be involved in the process (and you must pay or collect the support directly to or from your ex.)

DOR collects support only – it does not have the authority to decide if your obligation continues.  If your child is approaching the age of 18, however, it may be time for you to modify the child support obligation.

So that may leave you with some questions about child support in your case.  Don't worry, I've got answers.

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Take care until then.

P.S. This post is part of a 5-part series.  If you want to read the other posts in this series (yes, yes you do), just click here.

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