How Emancipation Affects Child Support

When it comes to divorce, children should be top priority. It is a confusing time in their lives and they’ll need help with the transition. Often parents are required to care for their children in the form of child support. Child support can be a complicated topic in and of itself, but what happens when the matter of emancipation comes into the mix? This blog is here to help you understand just how emancipation affects child support.

It is important to first understand what emancipation actually is. It is the moment when a child is viewed as an adult, with all responsibilities included. A child can reach an automatic emancipation or can choose to be emancipated themselves.

Automatic emancipation occurs when an individual:

  • Becomes of age at 19
  • Gets married
  • Is completely abandoned by parental figures

If a minor believes he or she can take full responsibility of themselves and no longer requires parental support, they can petition to become divorced from their parents prior to reaching the legal age. In this case, the individual will be considered an emancipated minor.

In either case, when a child becomes emancipated from a parent, the latter is no longer responsible for paying child support. In Colorado, a parent is responsible for paying support until the child turns 19. However, if the child is still in high school or its equivalent, the parent must pay until a month after graduation, but not past the age of 21. In emancipation cases, child support payments are not terminated automatically, so it is the responsibility of the parent paying child support to alert the court and have them stopped.

In cases of emancipation and child support, it is important to obtain professional help. Contact our Colorado family law attorneys at The Harris Law Firm. We can help you through this difficult time to ensure that child support payments are arranged appropriately. Contact us today to set up a consultation.

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