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In South Carolina, child support generally ends automatically when a child reaches 18 or graduates from high school. Are you still making the payments on your own account, or are they being garnished from your wages? If they are being garnished, you may want to contact your local child support office, because this may have been done in error.
In accordance with the above, South Carolina's domestic relations code requires that parents pay support for their "minor" children, so upon reaching the age of majority (18 in South Carolina), child support obligations should end.
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If they have not terminated the obligation automatically, then you can file a petition to terminate child support, and show the court that she is 18 and not in school. You can get a lawyer to represent you in this matter and you may want to do so as a lawyer can guide you in filing, preparing pleadings, and requesting that the court forgive the $500 since this obligation should have been terminated.
If you are living on a low income, you may qualify for free or low-cost legal services. This website provides links to some organizations which provide free or low cost legal services to those in need: www.ptla.org/links/services.htm.
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