My husband has two children from a previous marriage who is now 18 and 20 years old (We live in NY). About ten years ago, they went to child support, and he was ordered to pay 25% of his gross amount of earnings. Since then, he has been paying faithfully to his ex-wife and has never missed a payment (he pays directly to her-not through the court). Since then, they never went back to court. We now have a young son, age 6 yrs old, and I attend school full time and do not work. My husband and I are having a hard time with bills, etc. He barely can take care of our six-year-old, because a big chunk goes to his ex-wife. He wants me to complete my degree and, at the same time, support his kids from his ex-wife and us. My question is: How long does he have to pay child support in New York. His ex-wife claims that she spoke to a lawyer, and he said as long as her kids are still in college, he has to pay, meaning that if his kids are 25…so on…he still has a responsibility. I don’t think this is fair. New York State Law claims that at the age of 18 you are an adult, and at 21, you are legally allowed to drink. I assume that at age 21, there is no longer a requirement to pay child support…it should be called “ADULT SUPPORT.” My question is, what is the Legal Age? Is it true what my ex claims?