When an Indiana couple has ended a relationship and a parent is required to pay child support, there are many questions. One is when the child support will end. Although parents are generally willing to pay to support their child, there is no doubt that it can lead to financial difficulty for some. On the flip side, the receiving parent and child could come to rely on those payments. Child and spousal support can be complex and it is important to understand the law for when child support is terminated.
When there is an order of child support in Indiana, it is made with the best interests of the child in mind. With spousal support, it is for the spouse who was not the breadwinner in the relationship or who earned less than the other spouse to be able to survive based on the married lifestyle. The financial order is not a method to punish the supporting parent. The main goal is to provide for the child and the former spouse. For some, the situation has changed and there is the need to change the order.