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Q: I have a Mississippi child support order for two child, one of the children just join the military.

Does the child support stop for that one child that join the military?

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Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
  • Olive Branch, MS
  • Licensed in Mississippi

A: Not necessarily. If your child support order specifies an amount for each child, I.e., $200 per month per child for a total of $400 per month, then you would be safe to reduce your child support by the amount designated for the child that has joined the military, if he/she has joined the full military and not the National Guard or Reserves. If, however, the order simply states a global amount, i.e. $400 per month for support and maintenance of the children, then you will have to go back into court and ask for a reduction. You cannot automatically reduce that order by simply reducing it by half.

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