Woodbridge, VA asked in Family Law and Child Support for Virginia

Q: My stepson is 18 and due to COVID, he graduated from high school on May 1st.

Does my husband need to go to Court to get the child support terminated? Or can he just stop paying it?

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Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller
Answered
  • Vienna, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: The best practice would be to submit an agreed order to the court noting that both parties agree that the support obligation has expired.

However, given the times and the court closures, simply stopping payment could work as well.

The issue is that the other side, if they are expecting continuing payments, will raise the issue. If they file a contempt action, you can defend with the requirements being met to end support.

Also note that payments continue if there are arrearages.

Afsana Chowdhury
Afsana Chowdhury
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  • Fairfax, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Yes, so long as there aren’t any arrearages. Meaning he’s not behind on his payments.

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