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Ending a Child Support Obligation

In Child Support by Elizabeth Stephenson

Parents should financially support their children. That is not a controversial statement. In fact, the state of North Carolina explicitly requires that a “father and mother shall be primarily liable for the support of a minor child.” It is understandable, however, that as a minor child approaches adulthood, the parent paying child support begins an internal countdown to the day that the child support obligation ends. For many parents, it is a commonly held belief that their court ordered child support obligation ends when their child turns eighteen. After all, kids become adults at eighteen years of age, right? In the world of child support in North Carolina, the answer is not that simple. The North Carolina General Statutes set forth the exact conditions in which a child support obligation …