When parents of a child or children complete a divorce and one parent is awarded primary custody of the child or children, the non-custodial parent is generally ordered to pay child support on a monthly basis to the custodial parent. In most jurisdictions, child support obligations end when the youngest child reaches a certain age or is otherwise emancipated. Indiana is considering a bill that, if passed, would lower the age at which child support obligations end.
Specifically, Indiana is one of the relatively few jurisdictions where child support payments are supposed to continue until that child reaches the age of 21. Most other states, including California, require child support payments to continue until the child reaches the age of 18 and in some cases 19 if the child is unmarried and attending high school on a full-time basis. The bill is making waves in the state for many reasons.
As one would expect, those who strongly oppose this bill are individuals and groups that support the rights of custodial parents to obtain support from non-custodial parents. The only reasoning stated by those offering the bill at this point is that it would bring Indiana in line with most other jurisdictions and that it would reduce the costs of administering the child support system in the state. At this point, the bill has moved out of its Senate committee and will advance to a full floor vote.
San Diego Child Support Lawyers
Child support laws around the United States are like any other types of laws in that they can be changed from time to time for many reasons. They are also like other laws in that if child support orders are violated, those in violation can face serious problems and consequences. Therefore, anyone who is struggling with this type of an issue should seek immediate professional help.
If you are facing problems with regards to a child support issue, you need to obtain the help of San Diego child custody lawyers who have been standing up for the legal rights of husbands and fathers for many years. Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.