Termination of Child Support

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Passage of Termination of Child Support Law* 

On January 19, 2016, Governor Christie signed S-1046/A-2721 into law. This law establishes 19 as the age when a child support and/or medical support obligation will end. The new law allows for child and/or medical support to continue up to age 23 for cases in which the dependent is still in high school; attending full-time college, vocational or graduate school; is disabled; if the parties reached a separate agreement; or, if continued support was granted by the court.

The effective date of the law is February 1, 2017, and applies to all child support orders.

Families with a child age 22 3 /4 or older as of February 1, 2017, will be mailed a Notice of Child Support Obligation Termination on February 1, 2017, with child support ending on May 1, 2017 (and not the child's 19th birthday) as the new law is phased in. Families with a child between the ages of 22 1/2 and 22 3/4 on February 1, 2017, will be mailed a Notice of Child Support Obligation Termination on February 1, 2017, with child support ending on August 1, 2017 (and not the child's 19th birthday) as the new law is phased in.

Families with a child between the ages of 18 1/2 and 22 1/2 as of February 1, 2017, will be mailed a Notice of Proposed Child Support Obligation Termination on February 1, 2017, with child support ending on August 1, 2017 (and not necessarily the child's 19th birthday) as the new law is phased in. This Notice will contain information on how to request a continuation of child support as well as how the amount of child support may change.

If your Judgment of Divorce (JOD) or support order specifies a termination date other than the dependent's 19th birthday, that date will stand and you will not be permitted to request an administrative continuation of support. However, you still may receive a termination notice and be asked to send in a copy of the JOD or order containing the termination date.

If you have a dependent turning 19 after August 1, 2017, you will receive a Notice of Proposed Child Support Obligation Termination 180 days before your child's 19th birthday.

If there is no response to the first notice, a second Notice of Proposed Child Support Obligation Termination will be sent out 90 days before the dependent's 19th birthday. If no continuation is granted after the second notice, the order of support will end as of the child's 19th birthday. Both parties will receive an updated order reflecting this change.

If back child support is owed when the child support terminates, the non-custodial parent still is responsible for paying that off and the order will still be enforced for the arrears.

If you receive an updated order for continued support and wish to oppose it, you may file an application or motion with the court. If there are younger children on the order in addition to the 19-year-old (or older) child(ren), parents may file an application or motion with the court to adjust the child support amount.

In order to ensure that all notices and informational updates are received, please confirm that the Child Support Program has you most current mailing address, cell phone number and email address.

More information regarding the termination of child support, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions found here.

*Updated August 2016