Children are entitled to the support of both parents until they reach the age of majority. Often, child support payments are mandated for reasons beyond a parent's control, meaning neither parent files for child support. However, there are times when a parent may file for child support, but later wish to stop receiving child support payments. Let's explore instances where parents may want to stop or refuse incoming child support payments:
Parents Get Back Together
If the parents got back together, there would be no reason for one parent to continue to receive child support payments. In that case, the parent who initiated the child support order should return to family court and explain his or her desire to stop receiving child support payments.
Mother is No Longer Receiving Public Assistance
If a mother is receiving government aid, she can't stop a government agency from collecting child support payments. However, if a mother is no longer receiving public assistance, theoretically, she can stop child support payments, providing that the public welfare firm has been reimbursed all of their payments.
Process for Stopping Child Support Payments
If a parent has a lawful reason for stopping child support payments, he or she should:
- Visit the family court in his or her county
- Speak to a county clerk and request the appropriate paperwork to cease child support payments
A judge or child support referee may attempt to convince a parent not to stop child support payments, so a parent should be prepared to defend his or her reasons for wishing to stop child support payments.
Alternatives to Stopping Child Support Payments
Child support payments can continue to be deducted from the non-custodial parent's pay, and if the custodial parent prefers to no longer receive the child support payments, the custodial parent can return the funds to the non-custodial parent.
Non-custodial parents who are no longer responsible for child support payments should maintain adequate records from the custodial parent of payments made toward the child's upbringing. By maintaining receipts, a non-custodial parent can ensure that he or she won't be in a position to owe back child support payments later.
For more information, refer to additional resources about child support payments or speak with a qualified attorney in your state.