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Brick Family Lawyer Helps Clients with Emancipation Issues

Many people assume that child support ends when a child turns 18. However, in New Jersey, a noncustodial parent’s obligation to pay child support continues until the child becomes emancipated, which may or may not coincide with his or her 18th birthday.

Emancipation is determined on a case-by-case basis, but a child is generally considered emancipated when he or she is independent and no longer the responsibility of his or her parents. At The Law Office of Peter J. Bronzino, LLC, our family law attorney is familiar with state laws governing emancipation of minors, and how emancipation may affect your family.

If you divorce, you may define what emancipation means for your child in your property settlement agreement. This definition may include the child’s:

  • Graduation from high school
  • Choice to leave high school without graduating
  • Graduation from secondary education, including college or trade school
  • Marriage
  • Entry into the Armed Forces of the United States
  • Full-time employment while not attending school
  • Permanent residence away from parents

If you believe your child is emancipated and wish to stop paying child support, you must petition the court. If the court determines that your child is emancipated, your child support obligation will be terminated.

If you need to modify your child support obligations before the emancipation of your child due to a change in income, relocation or other change in circumstances, we can help you seek a modification to your property settlement agreement.

Contact a Toms River Child Emancipation Lawyer Today

Serving Brick, Point Pleasant, Jackson, Wall, and the surrounding areas

To schedule a free initial consultation with a Brick emancipation lawyer, please contact The Law Office of Peter J. Bronzino, LLC, at (732) 812-3102.

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