Effective February 1, 2017, the law has been modified to reflect that when a child reaches the age of 19, child support and/or medical support obligations will end. The law does allow child support and/or medical support to continue up until the age of 23 in cases where the child is still in high school or attending full time college, vocational or graduate school; or if the parties’ agreement or a court order provides otherwise.
How does this affect you? If you are receiving child support and/or medical support payable through Family Support Services, you will receive a Notice of Child Support Termination, which will contain information on how to request a continuation of child support and/or medical support. This is similar to the process in place now, when notices are sent to the recipient of support when a child reaches 18 years of age and the recipient is required to provide proof that the child remains unemancipated so that support continues.
What to do if you receive a notice? If the terms of the support agreement or court-ordered support award are beyond the age 19 and age 23 caps described above, you must provide a copy of the agreement or court order that reflects those terms. Therefore, it would be helpful to have these documents available if and when needed.
What if you do not have a copy of your agreement or court order? In that case, you will need to obtain a copy of the appropriate document through the Court. As this may take several weeks, it would be best to start now.
Also, if you are receiving support through Family Support Services, be sure you have provided them with your current mailing address so you receive these notices once they are mailed.
If you have any questions, please call Jeralyn Lawrence, Esq.