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Statute of Limitations on Child Support for Rhode Island

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

Rhode Island 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?

Section 15-5-16.2(b) of RI General Laws.

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

No automatic termination.

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?

Yes, discretionary with the court, but for the majority of the cases child support will end.

Is support ever paid beyond the age of majority?

Yes, if the court finds the child has a severe physical or mental impediment and needs continuing support to age 21.

Statute of Limitations to enforce a child support order.


Statute of Limitations to establish paternity:

4 yrs. after age of majority (section 15-8-4).

Is dormancy revival/renewal possible?


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