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Does a Non-Custodial Parent Have to Pay Child Support Until the Child Turns 18 or Until the Child Turns 21?
Under Mississippi law, child support payments may terminate when the child is "emancipated," which occurs when the child turns 21 or marries. The age of emancipation differs from state to state.
In Mississippi, a court may also find that emancipation has occurred if the child discontinues full-time enrollment in school after turning 18 unless:
Emancipation does not terminate any obligation to satisfy any arrearage existing as of the date of emancipation. Because the issue of emancipation is fact dependent, one should contact an attorney who has experience in family law matters if one believes his or her circumstances fit into any of the categories mentioned above.
The Mississippi court determines child custody based on the best interests of the child. The court can award sole or joint custody, and if the child is 12 years old or older, the court considers the wishes of the child.
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