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12.3 Termination of Support


Chapter Federal Authority
Case Closure 45 CFR 303.11 Case Closure
Subject State Authority
Termination of Support Wyo. Stat. § 14-1-101 Age of majority; rights on emancipation
Wyo. Stat. § 14-1-201 Definitions
Wyo. Stat. § 14-1-203 Application for emancipation decree; hearing; notice; rights and liabilities of emancipated minor; conditions for issuance of decree; filing decree; copy to applicant
Wyo. Stat. § 14-2-204 Liability for support; right of action; venue; service; measure of recovery; remedies cumulative; execution; continuing exclusive jurisdiction; notice
Wyo. Stat. § 14-2-317 Effect of order of termination
Wyo. Stat. § 14-3-431 Duration of orders of disposition; termination of orders; permanency hearings; petition for termination of parental rights
Wyo. Stat. § 14-6-231 Release of child from institution; duration of orders of disposition; termination of orders
Wyo. Stat. § 14-6-431 Duration of orders of disposition; termination of orders
Wyo. Stat. § 20-1-313 Cessation of child support

Policy Number Effective Date
12.3 July 1, 2015

Overview

When a child support obligation ends, the Wyoming CSE Program shall assess the case for further action based upon the reason the child support obligation ended or any specific guidance in a court order for future enforcement of child support arrears.  

Policy

Age of Majority vs. Emancipation

In Wyoming, the age of majority or the age in which a person acquires the status of an adult is 18 years. However, emancipation may occur before a child reaches the age of 18 under certain other circumstances.  

Emancipation occurs when a minor receives certain rights of a person who has reached the age of majority.  In order to emancipate in Wyoming, a minor shall:

  • Marry; 
  • Join the military; or
  • Legally declare emancipation.

In order to legally declare emancipation, a minor needs to meet the requirements of Wyoming statute.  Those requirements include:

  • The child is at least 17 years of age; 
  • The child willingly lives separate from his or her parents; 
  • The parents consent or acquiesce to the separate living arrangements; 
  • The child is managing his or her own financial affairs; and
  • The child’s income is not from illegal sources or POWER.

For purposes of the Wyoming CSE Program, child support ends when the child emancipates or reaches the age of majority unless the child is:

  • Mentally or physically disabled and incapable of self support; or
  • Attending high school or equivalent program as a full-time participant and is between the age of majority and 20 years.

Parents Marry or Remarry

Child support ends when the parents marry each other or remarry each other.  If the parents remarry, the District Court may eliminate all child support arrears that accrued under the previous child support order except for those arrears owed to the State of Wyoming.  

When the parents marry or remarry, the Wyoming CSE Program shall not file an action to eliminate child support arrears.  Rather, the case worker shall refer the parents to a private attorney.


Note:  Spousal support ordered in conjunction with child support can be collected as long as there is a current support obligation being enforced by the IV-D program and the spouse is living with the child.  Collection of spousal support stops once the child emancipates or is otherwise no longer involved.

Contact the State Distribution Unit (SDU) to add a financial adjustment to remove the spousal support arrears when a case becomes an arrears only case.  

Termination of Parental Rights vs. Adoption

When the rights of a parent are terminated or voluntarily relinquished, the monthly child support ends only if: 

  • the termination is conducted by the Department of Family Services (DFS) through the Wyoming Attorney General’s office or the county attorney; 
  • the order specifically indicates child support terminates; or
  • the child is adopted.

If the termination of support order or adoption decree is silent regarding child support arrears, the child support arrears that accrued based upon the child support order are still due and owing, and the Wyoming CSE Program will enforce them as appropriate under federal and state law as discussed in Chapter 9 Enforcement.

Pending Termination of Parental Rights or Adoption

When the case worker learns of a pending legal action for termination of parental rights or adoption, the case worker will monitor for a final order and continue enforcing the underlying child support order.

Cross Reference

None

Version Number Last Revised Date
3July 1, 2015