A New Jersey child support order terminates when a child becomes emancipated. Emancipation is when a child reaches 18 years and/or becomes financially independent. A child is not automatically emancipated at the age of 18. The courts determine emancipation on an individual basis. New Jersey has no fixed age or specific event when support automatically stops unless it is stated in the court order. In some cases, support may continue beyond the age of 18 or high school graduation. To emancipate a child, one of the parents must ask the court to end or change the support order, or both parents can agree and sign a request to close the case.
You should contact child support attorney Marc P. Feldman to discuss the specifics of your situation to and to make an application to the Court.