On July 1st, a new Indiana child support law will go into effect. The law states that a non-custodial parent’s child support obligation ends on the child’s 19th birthday.
Currently, a non-custodial parent is required to pay child support until the child’s 21st birthday.
Children who are going to college do have the option to apply for court-ordered child support to pay for their education expenses after their 19th birthday. The amount of money awarded in these cases will vary significantly depending on the case.
“Under Minnesota law, child support continues until a child is 18 or 20 and still in high school,” says Minnesota divorce attorney, Amanda Crain. “Parents do not have an obligation to financially support their children past this age, although they may voluntarily choose to do so.”
There are 3 types of child support in Minnesota:
- Basic Support (day-to-day care)
- Medical Support
- Child Care Support (work-related child care costs)
“In Minnesota, parents do not have a duty to aid in education related expenses for their minor children, although parents can always agree to share such expenses in a divorce decree or other stipulation,” says Crain. “Likewise, parents do not have a duty to support their adult children in their post-secondary education expenses. Requiring unmarried parents to financially support their adult children may promote further financial strain on parents, when their adult children are more than capable of supporting themselves.”