When Child Support Ends

Under Wisconsin law, a parent’s duty to support his or her child continues until age 18, or age 19 if the child is still enrolled in high school or working on a high school equivalency course (GED). If past-due child support is owed, the support case is still enforceable.

Notices Sent to Parents

"Emancipation Notices" will be sent to both parents 90 days before the verified date of graduation of the 18th birthday of their youngest child. The order for current support will end when the youngest child turns 18 unless a parent shows documentation to the child support agency that the child is still attending high school or is enrolled in a program to obtain his or her GED.

When Past-Due Support is still Owed

If past-due support is owed when current support ends, the support case is still enforceable. Parents should check with the child support agency to make sure he or she has a court order for payment on the past-due support. Income withholding may continue at the same level until past-due child support is paid in full. Cases with past-due support may be enforced up to 20 years after the youngest child reaches the age of 18.

Additional Questions Parents ask When Child Support Ends

Updated June 21, 2012

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