TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - The age in which parents can stop paying child support will be soon be changing.
The Indiana General Assembly passed legislation which will take two years off the duty to financially support a child. Currently, parents are obligated to pay child support until their child turns 21. Effective July 1, 2012, that age will be 19 years old.
Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey said there are some circumstances, and education is one of them.
"If a child's 18, turns 19 and isn't in school with continuing education expenses, then the parents can ask to stop support at that age now," said Coffey.
Coffey said if a child does go to college, educational support may still be ordered by the court.
Stephanie Smith is a mom of three. She has two kids in high school who are looking into different colleges. She said this new law will help the parents who are paying support for kids who are old enough to make their own decisions.
"If think, you know, if you're paying child support on a kid that's living on his own and is not going to school, then obviously, you're not going to want to continue paying that parent that's no longer supporting that child," said Smith.
Coffey said the law was passed in order to keep the state of Indiana up to par with other states.
"It was to bring us into federal compliance. We were one of the few states left with the emancipation age of 21 so for purposes of our 4-D reimbursements of the federal government that was becoming an issue," said Coffey.
Coffey said there are forms to fill out in order to be liberated from child support once your child turns 19. She said those forms can be filled out in the clerk's office or online at in.gov/judiciary/selfservice.
Coffey said this emancipation of child support won't happen automatically. Parents will have to do their part and file the paper work.
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