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What is the legal age that a noncustodial adult may stop paying child support?

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2005-11-04 17:04:46
2005-11-04 17:04:46

Usually it's 21. Generally it will be the legal age of majority as established by the state where the minor resides. The determination of the date when the child support terminates should be included in your original or amended support order If you still are not certain, contact the attorney who handled the case or the court clerk where the order was issued. NEVER cease support payments unless you are absolutely positive of the legal status of the order.

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