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I have been divorced for 8 years and have not missed any child support payments.At the first of our seperation it was very difficult to pay alimony so as my monthly income decreased the ailmony owing increased.My ex and i both agreed to opt out of FRO and we agreed that i pay her $730.00 a month for 1 child its been like that for 5 years, also she agreed to forfeit the money owing and that any inhertaince that i recieve i would split it with her.Now she wants me to pay for our son''s university she is working fulltime and my son has a summer job i advised her for my son to apply for Government assistance.There is nothing written in my final divorce papers or separation papers.Thanks David Messina RN
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Family Lawyer: Law Educator, Esq., Lawyer replied 9 years ago
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Child support typically ends when child turns 18 or if fhere are special circumstances such as illness or full time student. Your support order should specify the age. If it does not, unfortunately, if your wife pushes the issue, the court could continue the support as long as your son was a full time student.

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Customer reply replied 9 years ago
Reply to PaulMJD's Post: I am not arguing about the child support i know it stops after my son recieves his degree. My question was does she have the right to ask for extra money for post education when it is not indicated..Thanks
Family Lawyer: Law Educator, Esq., Lawyer replied 9 years ago
When he is done with his education he should be well past the age where support is required, she will have a difficult time getting the support extended beyond his educational period and I do not believe it is even possible unless he is severely disabled and required continuous care from her, which I do not see as the case in your description.

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Customer reply replied 9 years ago
Hi Paul
I don't disagree with my support payments or duration my complaint with my ex wife is her demands that i have to give her money for my son, money which i don't have i am re married and have new responsibilties..Thanks
Family Lawyer: Law Educator, Esq., Lawyer replied 9 years ago
I understood that, but unless the court orders that you can pay the money directly to your son, then that is where the money has to go. Many parents I deal with have this same contention when children get older and the courts vary widely on whether or not the payments to the custodial parent can stop and the money for support be given directly to the child.
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Customer reply replied 9 years ago
Hi Paul
I feel that since she has always was getting support and still is and its not indicated in our divorce decree that post education has to be paid why should i. Another idea do you think a token amount would make things easier she was asking for $ 2000.00 i told her i didn't have that kind of money, but i could scrape together aprrox. $ 900.00 before September.Thanks
Family Lawyer: Law Educator, Esq., Lawyer replied 9 years ago
If she is willing to take the lesser amount, then get her to accept it in writing, that is one way out. Again, you could always go back to court and get the court to settle the dispute based upon your evidence that she is no longer in need of support because your son is in college and you will support him directly.
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