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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. Sorry to hear about your dilemma.
You have the ability to file a Motion to Modify when the child leaves, explaining that he is no longer living with the custodial parent and is already away at school. The judge will either reduce support or tell you which amount to continue paying. You shouldn't have to pay both. If that happened, none of it would be reimbursed later, but it's unlikely.
If the child moves out to live near the school, gets a job, and is able to support himself, you can ask the judge to terminate support on that basis. It's possible the judge will factor in what the child is making when re-evalauting your support, which could lower the payments. It's not likely that support would be completely terminated unless the child decides not to go to school.
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