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Statute of Limitations on Child Support for West Virginia

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

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

18 years.

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

WVC 2-3-1

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

18 years.

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?


Is support ever paid beyond the age of majority?

Yes, courts may order up to 20 years so long as the child remains in secondary school and is making substantial progress toward a diploma. In some situations, child support may be extended if the child is handicapped.

Statute of Limitations to enforce a child support order.

10 years from and after date of judgment. Undischarged and accrued support becomes a decretal judgment by operation of law on date and not paid. WV code 38-3-18

Statute of Limitations to establish paternity:

18th birthday but child may bring an action prior to the 21st birthday. WV code 48-24-101(e)(7)

Is dormancy revival/renewal possible?


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