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Child Support – Closing a Case
Child support cases do not automatically close when a child turns 18 or emancipates. Federal law allows the child support agency to close a child support case under certain conditions. In general, child support agencies close cases when:
Parents cannot close their case if their children receive public assistance from:
If your children do not receive public assistance, you can ask the agency to close your case by:
The county will continue to collect the public assistance arrears until they are paid in full.
Closing a full (IV-D) child support case is an important decision. We encourage you to review the services that the child support agency provides to both obligees and obligors before asking your worker to close your case.
The child support agency will no longer collect support or provide any services, including income withholding. If you close your case:
Once the case is closed, either parent can apply for income withholding-only services.
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