Law Office of Shane BC Watson

Attorney at Law | LaPorte, Indiana

Jul 19

Child Support Age Lowered To 19 Years of Age – La Porte Attorney

by Shane Watson

In April 2012, the Indiana Legislature voted to lower the age of emancipation from 21 to 19 when they amended Indiana Code 31-14-11-18 for paternity matters and 31-16-6-6 of your child support was the product of a divorce.  This particular law will take effect on July 1, 2012.  What does this mean?  Well, this means that once a child reaches the age of 19, unless certain conditions apply, a parent can petition a court to terminate their child support obligation as of July 1, 2012.  Until recently, Indiana was one of only three states  that required child support payments to be made up to the age of 21 and the change to 19 had been rumored for years.  The obligation to pay child support does not terminate automatically.  A parent must actively and affirmatively petition the court for a cessation of a prior child support obligation.  DO NOT STOP PAYING SUPPORT ONCE YOUR CHILD REACHES THE AGE OF 19 UNTIL YOU HAVE SOUGHT LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND OBTAINED RELIEF FROM THE COURT.

Please note that a parent will still have the right to petition for post-secondary education expenses until the child reaches the age of 21, if the child support order was issued prior to July 1, 2012.  Any child support order that is issued on or after July 1, 2012 will require a petition for post-secondary expenses before the child reaches age of 19.  This is important information for a parent who is obligated to pay child support and the custodial parent who requires aid financing their children’s post-secondary education.  If you reside in La Porte, Michigan City, Porter County, Starke County, Marshall County or St. Joe County, contact Shane Watson through this website, the listed email, and/or phone number provided on this webpage.

AS MY PREVIOUS BLOG STATED, I AM CURRENTLY EMPLOYED BY HOWES & HOWES, LLP IN LA PORTE, INDIANA AND THE LAW OFFICE OF SHANE B.C. WATSON IS NO LONGER OPEN.  HOWEVER, ALL OF MY CONTACT INFORMATION IS THE SAME AND I MAY ALSO BE REACHED AT swatsonlaw@comcast.net or by phone at Howes & Howes, LLP at 219-326-7070.

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