My husband has been paying child support for his 3 kids from his first marriage for 16 years. Only his son is left on the support at this time. In both the state his son lives (IL), and the state we live in (PA) the law states that he will pay support until the child reaches age 18 OR finishes high school, whichever comes later. Last July he turned 18, but had not completed school. We discovered that as of Feb 2, 2001, he was thrown out of school (actually, forcibly removed by police) and expelled for 10 days. Condition of return to school was a meeting between the boy, his mother and all school officials. It is now more than 4 months later and to date he has not returned to school. I'm not sure if the school considers him "officially" dropped out, since he didn't go in and sign out of school (or whatever you have to do to make it official.) We also believe he has moved out of his mother's home, and the director of his school told me that she knows he is working "a lot of hours" at a local fast food establishment. Does that provide basis for him to be emancipated from the child support? If not, is there some way we can either force him to go back to school or sign out of school so we can have some conclusion to this mess? We don't mind paying for him if he's doing what he's supposed to, but if he's not in school, and he's not even living at home, then the mother is taking the child support as a nice cash bonus every month at our expense! We got the paperwork from the school saying he is "dropped", and prepared the request for termination to send in to the court. Friday the mother phones, and says that the son is going to return to school in the fall. With school being out for summer it seems that if we file for termination of the support, she can hold this up for months by saying he is going to attend school next year? I telephoned the school and they said he has not re-registered for school. I feel as though she is saying that so that we have to keep paying. I am wondering if, given his record of attendance (or the lack thereof) the court would allow his "intention" to return to school as basis to continue child support...Also, if we are able to have his child support terminated, and if he should return to school in the fall, can his mother have the child support re-instated? We're not talking about one more year here, he has done this before...he will only be in 11th grade IF he goes back Lots of questions, sorry, thanks for any help.