In general, child support obligations do not automatically cease upon the death of a parent. Child support is typically intended to provide financial support for the child’s well-being and upbringing, and the obligation is typically considered separate from the parent’s life or death.

Upon the death of a parent who was obligated to pay child support, the responsibility for continuing support usually falls to the deceased parent’s estate or any applicable life insurance policies. If there are sufficient assets or insurance proceeds available, the court may order the continuation of child support payments or establish a trust to provide ongoing financial support for the child.

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