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If you are not order to pay child support for her, which would terminate at the age of 21 in New York, you are not legally required to provide for her. She and her boyfriend should try to find employment and support themselves.
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I see. If he pays child support, you should turn over the money you receive from him to her. No, you should not cancel the support. In fact, a court would not do so unless she is legally emancipated. You don't have any legal obligation to her beyond your ability to pay. Since you are unemployed yourself, you are not obligated to pay her anything beyond the support that is received from your ex.
I understand. Then the court order would be controlling, not the default state law of 21. However, she does not appear to be voluntarily moving out as this language contemplates. She is being forced out because you cannot afford to care for her any longer, so under the decree the child support should still not terminate.
The state could request that a judge order that you pay child support as well. However it is based on your income, so it would likely be little or nothing if you cannot even support yourself.
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