When there is a divorce in Nebraska and children are involved, child support will be part of the case. The determination as to how much will be paid is based on the child’s best interests. That includes a suitable place to live, food, clothing, educational needs, extracurricular activities, health care and more. If there are issues with the supporting parent making the payments or the custodial parent needing more than the order stipulates, then there can be a modification. One question that is often asked, however, is when child support obligations end. Parents should be aware of the law regarding child support termination as it can vary based on circumstances.
Child support termination and its requirements
The paying parent – known as the obligor – must pay until one of the following occurs: the child turns 19; the child gets married; or the child becomes emancipated. At its discretion, the court can order that the child support continue after any of these events has taken place. If there is back child support owed, the termination of the child support does not eliminate the obligor’s responsibility to pay it. Regarding termination, the obligor can apply with the court for it to be terminated if any of the above listed requirements are met. The parent who is receiving child support will have 30 days to object from the time the request to terminate was filed. Without an objection, the support order will terminate after 30 days.
Both parents and the child should be aware of these issues
Often, people are not up to date on the law regarding child support. There might be a vague notion as to when it ends, but it may come as a shock if they were informed that the obligor has filed a request that the child support be terminated. This can cause financial concerns that must be addressed whether that is requesting that the payments continue or coming to a workable solution. As with any aspect of family law, it is imperative to be cognizant of the options.
Knowledgeable advice can help regardless of the perspective
Whether it is the parent paying or receiving child support, having experienced advice on these relatively understated areas of family law can be crucial. This is true for any area of family law from the divorce, property division, alimony, child custody, modifications and support termination. From the start, it is useful to have guidance with how to handle these complex challenges.