3. Contact the Family Responsibility Office

When does child support end? How do I end it?
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3. Contact the Family Responsibility Office

You should keep making support payments until the Family Responsibility Office (FRO) tells you in writing to stop. The FRO is a government agency that enforces child support and spousal support.

There is an end date

If your separation agreement or court order:

  • has a date when support payments end, and
  • is registered with the FRO,

the FRO will stop enforcing support payments when that date has passed. You can write to the FRO and remind them that the date is coming up soon. Tell them which paragraph in the agreement or order has the date.

If your separation agreement or court order:

  • has an event when support payments end, and
  • is registered with the FRO,

the FRO will stop enforcing support payments when that event has passed. Write to the FRO and give them proof that the event has happened, such as your child finishing college or university. The FRO may contact your partner to confirm that the event has happened.

There is no end date

If your separation agreement or court order doesn't say when support payments end, you and your partner must agree that it ends before the FRO will stop enforcing payments.

Fill out the Application to Discontinue Enforcement of Ongoing Support and tell the FRO why you think child support should end. The FRO will contact your partner.

If your partner…

Then the FRO…

doesn't agree that child support should end,

will continue enforcing the separation agreement or court order.

doesn't respond to the FRO,

may stop enforcing payments or enforce a lower amount of support.

doesn't respond to the FRO but later tells the FRO that payments should not have ended,

may start enforcing payments again.

agrees in writing to end support,

will tell you in writing that you can stop making support payments.

 

The FRO can't change any of the terms in your separation agreement or court order. They only try to make sure support is being paid.

Reviewed: August 31, 2017

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