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I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.
If there is a court order in place for support then the support continues until it terminates under its own terms or by a later order or modification form the court. So, yes, you need to continue paying support.
You can go to court and file a motion to modify or terminate. If the court terminates the support then you can stop.
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When does the order say child support terminates?
You can file a motion showing that the circumstances have changed and the change warrants a modification of the current order.
Unless the order states it terminates automatically, you will need to go before the court. The order is what controls.
The motion itself should not cost anything. If you use your attorney then you will need to pay the attorney fees, but if it results in terminating child support before the order expires, you should end up ahead.
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