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Navigating child and spousal support can be challenging. Understanding the legal requirements and provisions outlined in your Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) and court orders is crucial. One common question that arises is when the payee is no longer responsible for making payments. Here, we unpack some key factors determining when to stop paying child and spousal support. Continue reading below for details.

Child Support: You can typically stop paying child support when your child has emancipated or has completed high school. Ensure that your Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) and final judgment state this clearly.

Visitation Issues: If your spouse restricts your visitation rights, you cannot stop paying child support. Instead, you must go back to court to address the visitation limitations.

Spousal Support: If you have a court order for spousal support, you can only stop paying under certain circumstances outlined in your court order. For example, if your spouse dies or begins cohabitating with another adult in a consensual relationship.

Proving Changes: You cannot unilaterally stop paying support based on your beliefs. Any changes must be proven in court for the court to rule that payments can be stopped.

Review Your MSA: The controlling document for support termination is your MSA. Make sure all termination terms for child and spousal support are clearly outlined.

Legal Assistance: Consulting with a qualified family law attorney can help ensure that your MSA is properly drafted and that you understand your rights and obligations regarding support payments.

In conclusion, it is essential to be aware of the specific provisions in your MSA and court orders regarding the termination of child and spousal support. Failure to comply with these terms can lead to legal complications and potential financial consequences. Consulting with a knowledgeable family law attorney, such as  JWB Family Law, can help ensure that your rights and obligations are clearly understood and that you are in compliance with the terms of your MSA. Remember, being informed and proactive is key to navigating the complexities of family law successfully.

If you have any questions or need assistance with your judgment, contact JWB Family Law for a FREE family law consultation at (619) 234-6123 or visit our website at

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