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Statute of Limitations on Child Support for Iowa

Iowa child support statute of limitations including the civil code, what age paternity must be established and emancipate rules.

Iowa Age of Majority: when child support payments can be stopped.

Age 18.

Statutory cite or civil code reference for the age of majority?

Iowa Code section 599.1

If not addressed in the order, at what age is child support automatically terminated as a matter of State law?

Law prior to 7/1/97: 18, or as ordered by the court. Law after 7/1/97: 18, or up to age 19 if completing high school or general education equivalency requirements full time and child is reasonably expected to graduate by age 19.

Does the date of the order impact what law is applied?

Yes, see previous answer

Does child support end if the child leaves the household but does not emancipate?


Is support ever paid beyond the age of majority?

Yes, for a child of any age who is dependent on the parents because of physical or mental disability.

Statute of Limitations to enforce a child support order.

No Statute of Limitations to enforce a child support order after 7/1/97 however, prior to 7/1/97 it's 20 years from date of each child support installment.

Statute of Limitations to establish paternity:

Child's 19th birthday (age of majority plus 1 year).

Is dormancy revival/renewal possible?

Yes, laches (negligence or delay in asserting a claim or right) and estoppel (assertion or denial contrary to one's previous assertion or denial) defenses are possible. Statute does not resurrect payments barred by Statute of Limitations to enforce a child support order in force prior to 7/1/97.

Note: A new statute may bar revival so be sure to confirm.

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