Child Support Obligations for Disabled Children Beyond Age of 18


Wisconsin Considers Continuing Child Support Obligations for Disabled Children Beyond Age of Adulthood

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Wisconsin has long been basically in line with most other jurisdictions when it comes to child support orders and the duration of those payments by the non-custodial parent.  Generally speaking, non-custodial parents in Wisconsin must continue to make child support payments until that child reaches the age of 18, and in some cases those payments must continue until the child reaches 19 years of age.  However, if a new bill becomes law, that could be changing.

Assembly Bill 271 has been offered to the legislature that would change the duration of child support payments in some cases.  Those cases would involve situations where a child is disabled and who requires special types of care.  These continued child support payments would need to be ordered by a judge who is overseeing the case in family court, and the child would need to be diagnosed with a disability prior to turning 18 years of age.  Finally, the child at issue would need to have a condition that would make it impossible to be self-reliant as an adult.

Generally speaking, this is a law that many advocates feel makes some sense, as caring for children who have severe disabilities is an obligation that never stops, particularly if that child will never be able to handle life alone as an adult.  However, the bill is also expected to meet resistance from those who think that it would be an overreach by the legislature.

San Diego Child Support Lawyers

While laws around the United States attempt to bring uniformity to issues that deal with child custody and child support, the fact of the matter is that unique situations are always present that require some sort of attention.  Fathers who face these types of issues need to be sure that they are taking steps to protect their legal rights and those of their children.

If you are facing an issue that deals with support, you need to seek the help of San Diego child support lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of fathers for many years.  Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.

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