When parents in Nebraska get divorced or separated, they must figure out how best to take care of their child, and this includes custody and child support. More importantly, you should know how long you will pay or receive child support for your children. Here’s an overview of when child support ends in Nebraska.
Child support in Nebraska
When getting divorced, the court will determine child custody and support based on the child’s best interest. One of you will become the child’s primary custodian, while the other the non-custodial parent. The non-custodial parent will contribute to the raising of the child by making monthly contributions that cover the child’s basic needs.
When does child support end?
The non-custodial parent duty to pay child support ends when:
1. The child reaches the age of majority – In Nebraska, this age is 19 years. The court believes that when a person reaches this age, they can make legal decisions on their own and take care of themselves.
2. The child marries – In Nebraska, children that are 17 years of age can marry, but they must first get consent from their parents. When that happens, you can legally stop paying for child support.
3. The child emancipates themselves – Your child can file with the court to emancipate themselves from the support of their parents. Also, emancipation occurs when they join the army or marry at an earlier age.
4. The child dies – Your responsibility to pay child support also ends when your child dies. You will need to provide a death certificate to the court when terminating your legal obligation.
You should note that even if a circumstance makes you legally stop paying child support, you will still need to take care of any past due amounts. If you do not, you can face harsh consequences, including a jail term.