New child support law went into effect on July 1, 2013. Now, the law is in sync with most other states, because the age of emancipation is 19, rather than age 21. Under the new law, parents no longer have to pay support after the child turns 19.
Here are some important things to consider:
- If child support is automatically withheld from your check, court approval will be necessary to stop those payments.
- For parents paying support for more than one child, the original court order will remain effect until the judge modifies the support order. This means you must keep paying, after the child is 19, until the modification goes through, or you could face legal trouble. Start the process soon after your child’s 19th birthday to modify the order as soon as possible.
- At the same time, if your recipeient is overpaid as a result, it will need to be paid back. People who are receiving child support need to keep this in mind.
- The new law does not make back child support just “go away.” You will still need to pay it back.
- If you only have one child who is older than 19, but younger than 21, you can just stop paying child support after July 1, 2013.
Here are some special rules for college-bound children:
- If you have a college-bound child that you are already receiving child support for under an existing order, you have until the child turns 21 to petition for additional support for college related expenses.
- If you have a child support order issued after the new law went into effect on July 1, you will only have until the child turns 19 to petition for additional support to cover these costs.
If you have any questions or concerns about the new child support law and how it affects you, either as the paying parent, or the receiving parent, contact your lawyer.
The information presented in this article is intended for educational purposes only. It does not come from a legal professional. It will not replace legal advice from your Indiana family lawyer, and should not be treated as such.