Mesa, AZ asked in Child Support and Family Law for Illinois

Q: My 17yr old daughter moved in with her boyfriend and his family. Do I have to still pay ex wife child support

My ex wife does not provide any support to my daughters boyfriends parents

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Ray Choudhry
Ray Choudhry
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  • Moline, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Yes, until the court order is changed.

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Gary W. Wangler
Gary W. Wangler
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  • Belleville, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Before taking any self-help action and terminating child support payments on your own, you should first consult an attorney who will review the situation as well as the current child support order. I have handled cases similar to yours, and what happens is there will need to be a motion filed to modify child support, multiple trips to court and in all likelihood a contested hearing where the mother will probably testify that she is still supporting your daughter either in cash or in kind. By the time you get to court your daughter may have attained the age of eighteen. In the meantime you may have gotten mom thinking about going for college expenses since she's already in court anyway. You need to weigh the expense of that procedure versus the amount you hope to gain in terms of reduced child support. Depending on what you are paying, with your daughter closing in on age 18, the game may not be worth the candle. But definitely talk to a lawyer. Otherwise, if you quit paying on your own, you may soon find yourself staring down both barrels of a contempt petition, so be careful.

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Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell
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  • Mt Vernon, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: U should file a petition to redirect the child support to the boyfriend's parents.

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