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Unfortunately there is not a simple yes or no answer to this. Primarily it depends on what legal document is requiring you to pay child support.
- If it's a Separation Agreement of some kind, they often include language that says the support stops when the child completes a first post-secondary degree, for instance, and that means the payor is required to help pay for college or university.
- If it's a Divorce Order or other Court Order, then it depends on the wording of the Order. Some Orders specify that children are a "child of the marriage" as long as they are still in school and dependent. Others have a more strict age cut off.
If you have the document that sets out your child support payments, and if it says nothing but "child of the marriage" with no other qualifications, then presumably once your daughter has reached the age of majority she no longer qualifies. If she is in school, or planning on going to college, you might want to be a bit cautious about this. When you apply to terminate the support, and clear up arrears and overpayments, your ex could counter apply to obtain support for your daughter's schooling.
If, on the other hand, your daughter has a job and is moving into independence, then you she would indeed no longer be a child.
I hope I have fully answered your question, but please do not hesitate to ask for more information if needed. If you do wish more information, please let me know what the wording regarding the child support is, in the Order or Agreement you have. When you are satisfied with the answer, kindly provide me a positive rating so I can receive credit for my answer.
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