When Can I Stop Paying Child Support in New York?

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Child support can end for many reasons. In some cases, it is the parents who may not believe they should still be paying child support, and in other cases, the child may want to be emancipated. Continue reading and speak with our experienced New York family law attorneys to learn more.

When can I stop paying child support in New York?

In New York, a child may reach emancipation if they reach a certain age or have the ability to provide for themselves. Once a child reaches emancipation, they no longer require child custody payments from their parents. Because not every child’s circumstance is the same, emancipation is considered through several different factors. Some of the following situations can cause emancipation if the child:

  • Gets married
  • Enters the military
  • Lives independently, depending on their level of autonomy
  • Turns 18
  • Gets pregnant

The following conditions can cause an extension for child support and a delay of emancipation:

  • Once the child turns 23, child support is no longer permitted to be requested under any circumstances
  • The child receives a higher education, such as college or trade school, and cannot yet support themselves

Do not hesitate to reach out to our skilled family law attorneys if you have any lingering questions or concerns regarding child support. Our firm is equipped with the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that you and your child’s future are protected.

What is the age of emancipation from child support in New York?

Once a child is considered emancipated, the parents are no longer required to pay child support. It is important to note that parents are required to financially support their children. However, usually, in the state of New York, once the child reaches the age of 18, they may be emancipated. In some circumstances, there are cases where emancipation ends early or may be extended.

Can a child emancipate themselves?

If a child would like to support themselves financially, they may be able to petition the court for emancipation. It is essential to know that while the child may have many reasons as to why they should be emancipated, it is not promised. The court always has full discretion. Furthermore, it is important to note that the court has the power to un-emancipate a minor if it is found that the child is not financially independent.

Reach out to our firm today to discuss emancipation further with our skilled New York family law attorneys.


Peter V. Mandi, Esq. is an experienced divorce and family law attorney located in Bohemia, New York. Our firm understands the impact a divorce can have on your life. If you require strong and dedicated legal representation in Long Island, New York, please do not hesitate to contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. today.

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