Length of payment period.

In most cases, child support obligations end when a child reaches the age of 18 or when the child graduates from high school. However, payments do not stop automatically on the child’s birthday. The parent must file a motion to terminate child support with the Rhode Island Family Court. Courts typically cannot order a non-custodial parent to provide child support beyond a child’s 19th birthday unless the child has a severe impairment and continues to live with the custodial parent.

Modifying payments.

The court allows parents to make changes to a child support order if they have experienced a significant change in circumstances. If a parent loses his job and cannot make payments, he cannot simply stop payments—he must petition the court to adjust the payment amount.

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