Some ex-spouses accept and plan for the fact that child support will someday come to an end. These same individuals also tend to see child support as temporary supplemental income. Child support isn’t meant to be a parent’s sole revenue stream.
This typically isn’t the case with hostile dependent personalities. Many people with narcissistic, histrionic and borderline traits/disorders tend to be hostile dependent and pathologically entitled. They see child support ending as a form of abandonment. Mind you, child support is for the children. Not an adult who either doesn’t want to work or who wants additional income to what they earn.
If this describes your ex, you can expect an escalation in the worst of her behavior as the child support clock runs down, so plan accordingly!
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