WHEN DOES CHILD SUPPORT OBLIGATION END IN PENNSYLVANIA?

Teenagers taking selfieAs a parent, you want to make certain your child’s financial needs are being met. If you are no longer married to your child’s other parent, you do not have to be responsible for more than your fair share, and paying support to your spouse when your child no longer lives at home is not your responsibility.

PENNSYLVANIA LAWS GOVERNING CHILD SUPPORT

The duty to pay child support in Pennsylvania ends once a child reaches age 18 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs last. Once your child is over 18 years old, and a high school graduate, you no longer have a legal duty to support them financially.

In order to ensure that your current support order is canceled on time, file a Petition for Modification in the county that the order was entered, which will be located at the top of the support order you received. If you do not file a Petition for Modification, the DRS (Domestic Relations Section) office in the appropriate county will send an Emancipation Inquiry to the custodial parent.

Although Pennsylvania does not force parents to assist with college funding, a parent might choose to impose this responsibility onto themselves. If an agreement to support a child through their college education is part of a marital settlement, the Court will enforce it.

CONTACT A SKILLED JENKINTOWN FAMILY LAWYER AND DIVORCE ATTORNEY

An experienced Pennsylvania family law attorney can help guide you through the child support process. To discuss your particular situation and learn about your options, please schedule a confidential consultation with attorney Joanne Kleiner by calling us at 215-886-1266.

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