Questions Parents ask about When Child Support Ends
The other parent owes me past-due child support. I do not want it. What can I do?
You and the other parent may sign a legal agreement (stipulation) reducing or eliminating the past-due child support owed to you. The court must approve this agreement. This agreement will not change any support that a parent might owe the state. You should make your decision carefully, as you cannot reverse this action. If you forgive support owed to you, it is forgiven forever.
I still want my support, but I do not want child support services any more. How do I stop the child support services?
To end case management services, send your written request to stop services to your child support agency. By state law, your child support still needs to be paid through the Wisconsin Support Collections Trust Fund. However, if you are not receiving W-2 services or cash benefits, you may stop enforcement services. If you later change your mind and want to again receive services, you may reapply for services.
My son dropped out of high school. He will turn 18 in a few months. He is not enrolled in high school or in a GED program, although he keeps promising he's going to do it "soon." When can I stop paying child support?
Your order for current support will end when your child turns 18 unless you or the other parent shows documentation (written proof) to the child support agency that your child has returned to high school or is enrolled in a program to obtain his GED.
My daughter turned 18 in February, but does not graduate from high school until June. When will my child support order end?
Check your child support order to see if the end date for graduation has been provided. If not and you know your child’s graduation date, contact your child support agency. Your duty for current child support ends when your 18-year-old daughter graduates.
My children no longer live with the other parent. They now live with their grandparents. Do I still have to pay support?
Yes. You are still responsible for supporting your children and making payments as ordered. However, you might want to ask the court to name the grandparents as the ones who get your support payments.
If a child is placed with someone other than a parent or in a place like a group home, both parents are expected to pay child support. Unless your children’s caretakers are getting help from an aid/benefit program, the caretakers would have to apply for services from their local child support agency before getting child support services.