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How long do I have to pay child maintenance?

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Child maintenance or support is paid until the child reaches the age of 21, according to NOLO. Child support involves paying for the child’s health insurance, education and medical expenses.

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The amount in child support paid is based on income. In the state of New York, personal income includes any pension or annuity payments; stipends; Workers' Compensation, Social Security, unemployment, retirement and veterans benefits. In the event that child support payments can't be made, one can apply to have the payments reduced. Evidence of the mitigating circumstances that hinder the ability to pay the original amount must be provided. The obligation to pay child support ends in cases when the child is at least 16 years old and becomes emancipated, states NOLO.

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