January 17, 2021
If your child support order originated in Oklahoma, the law allows for the collection of child support up until your child graduates from high school. If your child is 19 and still in high school, the law allows for the collection of child support up until that child’s 20th birthday or until graduation, whichever comes first. For most parents, this means that child support payments end when the child graduates from high school. It is important to note that if the parties have a valid court-ordered agreement to continue support beyond high school graduation, then that support will continue based on what the parties have agreed to.
There might be a child support order from a different state that Oklahoma courts can still enforce. If you have a child support order from a state outside of Oklahoma, the laws of that state control the date that order ends.
If you are new to child support, you may be unfamiliar with arrears: unpaid child support. Some arrears may be retro-active, meaning that they originated from the time between the date of filing for support and the date that the support order was entered. However, most arrears are missed child support payments. If you have arrears and your child has graduated from high school, you must continue paying it until your balance reaches zero. Failure to pay arrears can result in negative reporting to the credit bureaus and result in the loss of your driver’s license.
Remaining current on your child support payments is crucial to avoiding enforcement actions from the court. If you cannot afford your current child support obligation, it is important for you to consult with an attorney to determine what options may be available to you. Finally, if you believe that you have overpaid your obligation, there may be ways for you to recoup what you excessively paid. Don’t hesitate to contact an attorney if you have any questions or concerns surrounding your child support case. Backed by more than 40 years of experience, Inner Vision Legal is a top family law firm who has meaningfully assisted clients from all walks of life regarding divorce, child custody, child support and more. Inner Vision Legal strives to obtain the best results for its clients and to provide quality services at a reasonable cost. Consult with the knowledgeable family law attorneys at Inner Vision Legal by calling us or contacting us online today.