The state of Indiana is about to make major changes to its child support laws, putting it in sync with most other states. Starting July 1, the age of emancipation will be 19 instead of 21.
This means after the child turns 19 years old ... a parent no longer pays support, meaning a big change for families who not only pay ... but receive support.
- For people with one child ... they can just stop paying as of July 1.
- If child support payments are withheld from your paycheck, you will need court approval to have those stopped.
- If you are paying child support for more than one child, that court order will remain in effect until a judge modifies the support order.
- Any overpayment to the recipient, after July 1, will need to be paid back. (That is an important note for anyone receiving child support money.)
- Back child support doesn't go away. That will still need to be paid back.
- If you have a college-bound child and you are receiving support under an existing court order, you have until their 21st birthday to petition for additional education-related assistance. Children who receive support under orders issued after July 1, will have to make such requests by their 19th birthdays.
TWO PARENTS, TWO VIEWS
In the 12 years since Carolyn Taylor and her ex-husband have been divorced, it hasn't been easy getting him to support his son, Austin.
"It is real struggle for most people," says Taylor.
While Taylor's son is still years away from graduating high school she is concerned about the new law going into effect in July. After Austin turns 19 ... if he doesn't go to college, any support she was getting from his father will end.