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 child support owed to you, it is forgiven forever.

My daughter turned 18 in February, but does not graduate from high school until June. When will my child support order end?

Your duty to pay current child support ends during the month that your 18-year-old daughter graduates. 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.

My son dropped out of high school. He will turn 18 in a few months. 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 to the child support agency that your child has returned to high school or is enrolled in a program to obtain his GED.

I still want my support, but I do not want child support services anymore. How do I stop the child support services?

To end case management services, send your written request to end 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 receive services again, you may reapply with the child support agency.

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 may want to ask the court to name the grandparents as the ones who get your support payments.
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