Nevada parents who are paying or receiving child support might wonder if and when a child support order ends. While regulations regarding support vary from state to state, there are general guidelines that govern the terms of child support.
Child support generally ends when a child reaches the age of maturity, which is the age each state designates to consider someone an adult who can make certain legal decisions. The actual age is established by each individual state, but most states including Nevada use 18 as the age of maturity. There are exceptions to this, however. Child support can also end after emancipation, which happens when a child who has not yet reached the legal age of maturity leaves home or becomes financially independent, joins the military or gets married.
Additionally, there are times when child support might continue after the child reaches the age of maturity. This includes when a child support order specifies that the support will be used to cover college costs, particularly when the child lives in a state without college support. It might also continue in cases where the child has a disability or special needs since this is often viewed by courts as a financial hardship for the parent who takes care of the child.
It is important to remember that child support does not end automatically. The paying parent must request in the courts that the child support ends once the conditions have been met.
Since regulations change from state to state, parents in Nevada who are either seeking to end child support, or to modify or continue it, should seek the advice of a lawyer familiar with the state regulations. As in all matters involving minors, the best interests of the child are considered when deciding on child support.