A frequent question we receive here at the Law Offices of Thomas Stahl is when child support payments end? This is typically when your child turns 18 in Maryland or 21 in DC, but sometimes it can end sooner in emancipation cases. Regardless of when the order expires, both parents must work together to ensure their child receives the support they deserve. As long-time child support lawyers, we help parents with a variety of child support-related issues. If you need guidance regarding a support order you pay or receive, contact our firm today and set up a consultation to discuss your case and determine what rights you have.
The District of Columbia has the Child Support Services Division (CSSD) while the state of Maryland has the Child Support Administration (CSA) to help parents create a child support order for their children. If your order is part of your divorce agreement, this office will ensure that payments get made according to the terms you and your ex-spouse agreed to in your settlement. If you could not reach an agreement, this agency can file for support on behalf of the parent due to receive support and obtain a court order on their behalf.
These offices also purses parents who fail to meet their child support order obligations, which can have significant legal ramifications for the paying party. Whether you need support or are struggling to make your court-ordered payments each month, speak with one of our family law attorneys about your situation to understand your options in a CSSD or CSA action.