DID YOU KNOW THAT Child support payments do not stop automatically when a child turns 18 ?

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Lisa just received a phone call from her ex-husband, Danny, from which she has been separated for 10 years. Danny informed her that he would not be making anymore child support payments for the benefit of their son Nicolas since he just celebrated his 18th birthday.

Brunet, Anciaes & Associés | Lawyers Montreal

Nicolas is currently studying social science at Dawson College. He intends to complete his college degree by next year. Nicolas does not yet know in which field he wishes to specialise in the future, but seriously considers enrolling in university. 

Did you know that child support payments do not stop automatically when a child turns 18 ? Danny will have to make a request to the court in order cancel or decrease the payment of child support. If Danny stops making payments without having obtained a judgment, Revenu Quebec, which keeps track of how much he owes, will be able to seize his belongings in order to compensate for the missed payments. 

As for Lisa, she will be able to oppose to the motion to cancel child support. She will have to prove that Nicolas still needs support payments on the grounds that (1) Nicolas is incapable to provide for himself, (2) he took all the possible means to support himself (for example by working part time) and (3) Lisa provides at least partially for his needs. Obviously, Nicolas should not oppose Lisa’s request. In every case,  the financial situation of the parents will be taken into consideration. 

If you face such a situation and need further advice, you should consult a lawyer…

Written by Mtre Marie-Laurence Brunet

in collaboration with Mtre Adelia Ferreira

Brunet, Anciaes & Associés | Lawyers Montreal


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Recent comments

  • lilianna
    March 14, 2014 - 23:04

    My ex transfered his cleaning company to his girlfriend, sold all his furniture, gave back the car he was leasing until we went to court, all the while living in a new condo he had mentioned to the kids he was purchasing with his girlfriend and only put it in her name, bought all new furniture, two very expensive dogs and pictures of them vacationing in mexico on Facebook. I couldn't prove he owned anything as everything was in her name, I was only able to get minimal support for another 3years as they are both in college, but could not get back the 9 months plus he owed in child support and was left with a $5000 lawyer bill. So much for Justice! The laws need to change!!

  • Cheval Sauer
    February 18, 2014 - 02:29

    ... Consult a Lawyer...? I say to that comment, how can I possible afford a lawyer? I cant even afford to pay all my bare necessities, no savings...