When Does Child Support End After Adoption?

Child support is like the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus—you always hear about it but you never see it. If you want to adopt a child and one or both of the biological parents are paying child support, keep reading. We’re going to dive into when child support ends after an adoption. There are three main scenarios involving child support in the context of adoption: stepparent adoption, kinship or relative adoption, and legal guardianship adoption. Let’s explore these in detail.

1. Stepparent Adoption

In a stepparent adoption, the non-custodial biological parent (often the biological father) may be paying child support. After the adoption process is completed, the stepparent becomes the legal parent of the child. This means the other biological parent no longer has any parental rights or obligations, including child support.

To end child support payments, the adoption must be finalized in court. Once the adoption is legally recognized, you can present the court order to the court that initially ordered the child support. This will officially terminate the child support obligations of the biological parent.

2. Kinship or Relative Adoption

Kinship or relative adoptions often involve grandparents, aunts, uncles, or other relatives adopting a child. In these cases, one or both biological parents might still be paying child support. Similar to stepparent adoptions, you must complete the adoption process before child support can be terminated.

After the court finalizes the adoption, you can request the termination of child support payments from the court that ordered them. It’s essential to provide proof of the completed adoption to ensure the child support obligations are lifted.

3. Legal Guardianship Adoption

Legal guardianship adoption involves a legal guardian adopting a child. Legal guardianship temporarily suspends the parental rights of the biological parents without terminating them. This option can be suitable when considering the best interests of the child.

For child support to end in this scenario, the adoption process must be entirely completed. Even if the biological parents agree to the adoption, child support will not be terminated until the court finalizes the adoption. Once the adoption is finalized, you can then request the termination of child support payments from the court.

Key Takeaways

– Child support ends only after the adoption process is fully completed and finalized in court.
– You must present the finalized adoption order to the court that issued the child support order to terminate the payments.
– Regardless of the adoption type—stepparent, kinship, or legal guardianship—the process involves waiting for the court’s finalization before child support can be stopped.

Now that you understand when child support ends after adoption, if you live in Nebraska and are ready to proceed with a stepparent adoption, relative adoption, or any other type of adoption, call our law office at 402-539-5679 below to schedule a free consultation.