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Does Child Support End Automatically at age 18, or Do I Need to File Paperwork in Missouri?

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Laws regarding child support can vary by jurisdiction, and it’s important to consult the specific laws of your state for accurate and up-to-date information.

In many places, child support obligations typically do not automatically end when a child turns 18. Instead, they often continue until the child reaches the age of majority, which is usually 18, but can be older in some cases.  For example, children who attend college are not emancipated until age 21.

However, in some situations, child support may continue beyond the age of majority if the child is still in high school or has special needs. The specifics can vary, and the terms of the original child support order or agreement will play a role in determining when child support obligations end.

To ensure accurate information regarding your specific situation in Missouri, it is advisable to consult with a family law attorney or contact the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division. They can provide guidance on the applicable laws and procedures, including whether any paperwork is required to terminate child support obligations.

At Raza Family Law Solutions, we practice family law effectively guiding clients through prenuptial and post nuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage, modifications of prior judgments, and resolving child custody disputes. We also help families take a different approach to divorce with mediation and collaborative work.  Contact us for a consultation at (314) 314-5505.

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