Adoptive Child Support

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Adoption is the legal act of placing a child permanently with a person other than the birth parents.  An adoption severs the parental responsibilities and rights of the parent(s) and transfers those responsibilities and rights to the adoptive ones.  Once a biological parent terminates their parental rights, they are no longer required to pay child support once the adoption takes place.  However, if they were in arrears for any amount of support, they are still responsible for paying adoptive child support.

Disrupted Adoption

Disrupted adoption is defined as the death of an adoption.  In the case of teens and severely emotionally disturbed children, a judge will sometimes refuse to grant a dissolution and opt for an alternative that allows the family to remain intact but live apart.  In many states, the judge can order the state to take physical custody of the child until age 18 for the purposes of obtaining treatment that is unavailable to the family privately.  The family can visit and remain involved with treatment decisions.  When this happens, the judge will require the parents to make disruptive adoption child support payments.

Child Support and the Foster Care System

Federal and state laws require parents to support their children when the children are in foster care.  Child support foster care can occur in the following situations:

  • Each time the child enters foster care, either by voluntary placement or by court order
  • Whenever the child of the child’s custodian receives public funds for the child’s care
  • Whenever the child’s physical custodian asks for support enforcement services

Child Support and Adoption Legal Help

If you are an adoptive parent in need of legal advice regarding child support adoption laws, you should seek assistance from an attorney who specializes in adoption law.