Q: Does remarriage and adoption end court ordered child support in New York?
My mother and father divorced in 1984. My father was ordered to pay child support. My mother remarried in 1989 but my stepfather did not adopt me. Had he adopted me, would that have nullified the child support mandate?
A: Adoption terminates the parental relationship of the biological parent that is replaced by the adoption. As such, child support is no longer an obligation. However, arrears of child support still remain.
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