Hi Matt, Good Question. Many others have the same concern.
Typically, emancipation for purposes of child support is age 19. It can happen earlier or later depending on the child but 99.999% of the time it’s just their 19th birthday. Your support payments must be affirmatively modified through court or they will stay the same. If you and your spouse agree on a figure, you can present it to the Court with a consistent child support calculation for approval. If you do not do this, the Court will not know about any reduced amount and automatically you will be in arrears per the Court Order. For emphasis, you must make the change in support an Order with the Court. The value will not be 1/2. You must recalculate because the formula for child support is not a dollar value per child but rather a calculated value based upon family size and statistical expectations of how much an intact family spends on the children with the given value of income for the family. Fluctuations in income, work-related day care expenses and health insurance premiums for the children will also change and have an effect on the child support value. If you would like to schedule a consultation we can discuss the process and whether you would like some legal advice along the way as you seek downward modification of the current support value.
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