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Statute of Limitations on Child Support for Massachusetts

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

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

18 years of age.

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

M.G.L. c. 4, s 7.

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

18 years of age.

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


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

Not automatically.

Is support ever paid beyond the age of majority?

Yes, a court, in its discretion, may order support up to age: 1. 21 if a child is domiciled with a parent and principally dependent on that parent or 23 if a child is domiciled with a parent and principally dependent on that parent due to the child's enrollment in an education program, excluding educational costs beyond an undergraduate degree. M.G.L. c.208, s.28; M.G.L. c.209c, s 9, a court may also order support for an adult child who is mentally or physically disabled. (See Fienberg v. Diamant, 378 Mass. 131, 389 N.E.2d 998 (1979)).

Statute of Limitations to enforce a child support order.


Statute of Limitations to establish paternity:

None. Is dormancy revival/renewal possible?


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