Section 170(a) states that an order respecting child support may provide for payments to be made “for an indefinite or limited period or until a specified event occurs”. Thus an order respecting child support may simply designate the child support without specifying an end date, in which case the payor parent will be required to seek an order terminating the payment obligation when the subject of the order ceases to be a child under the Act. In other words, an indefinite order for child support does not expire by operation of law when the child ceases to be a child of the marriage: Ruttan v. Ruttan, 1982 CanLII 181 (SCC),  1 S.C.R. 690 at 694. A further order must be made.
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