The pain of paying child support is often unbearable for parents and a lot of them in Indiana are looking for way to multiply their filing under the new law. As the new law provide for the stoppage of paying child support once the child clocks 18years, a lot of non custodian parents want to modify their child support orders. Read more below.
It has not yet been a week since changes to Indiana’s child support legislation lowered the age of emancipation from 21 to 19 years.
But already, in the four business days since Senate Bill 18 became law on July 1, requests by noncustodial parents to modify their child support orders have steadily streamed into Tippecanoe Circuit Court.
“I wouldn’t say it’s been dozens, but there have been plenty,” Circuit Court Judge Don Daniel said Friday. “We’re getting a bunch every day.”
Daniel is one of three Tippecanoe County judges who preside over divorce proceedings.
Senate Bill 18 was authored by state Sen. Brent Steele, a Republican and family law attorney from Bedford. Previously, Indiana was one of a handful of states that required parents to pay support until a child turns 21, Rep. Sheila Klinker, D-Lafayette, said.
The change, however, does not affect educational costs. Those payments can continue until 21.
“At first, I was wary of (the proposed legislation) because I was afraid it would not take care of students in college,” Klinker said. “But it does. … It got a plurality of votes. It was not a controversial vote at all. It just now makes us comparable to other states.”
Klinker, who led a child support study committee in the 1980s with appellate court Judge Margret Robb, said she expected to hear from some parents who receive child support payments. But as of Friday, “I haven’t heard anything. Not one person. … It could be that they don’t know about the change yet.”
According to Daniel, Indiana already had a clause that allowed child support payments to stop if a child was 18, not enrolled in school for four months and financially independent. Parents requesting child support past that age are required to “show cause,” and the amount for educational support will vary based on the school a child attends, along with other variables, Daniel said.
Although this is a clause to it, that allow for the stoppage of child support payments for the child at 18, that is the child is not enrolled in school for four months and financially independent.
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