Effective July 1, 2012, the law in Indiana concerning how long child support must be paid will be changing. As set forth in Indiana Code Sections 31-14-11-18 and 31-16-6-6, child support – other than for educational expenses – will terminate at age 19 rather than age 21. The text of the new law can be found at this link:
This revision has two primary impacts on those parents subject to a child support order. The first is obvious – no child support must be paid or received after the child in questions turns age nineteen. The second revision addresses the impact on a request for educational expenses, meaning which parent is paying for college and in which amount. The revision permits a child who is subject to an existing support order to file a petition for educational expenses until he/she turns 21. However, a child who is the subject of a support order issued after June 30, 2012, will be required to file a petition for educational expenses prior to that child’s 19th birthday.
At Hollingsworth & Zivitz, P.C., our team has the experience, the understanding, and the compassion to assist with your family law needs. If you have questions or concerns regarding divorce, custody, support, or any other family law concerns contact our firm at 317.569.2200 or hzlegal.com.