A controversial topic across the United States with divorced families or children born out of wedlock is: “Who pays for post-secondary education?” Post-secondary education is generally defined as education beyond high school. A recent national case in New Jersey brought this matter to the forefront. Here Caitlyn Ricci sued her parents for tuition at Temple University and lost that battle.1 This blog covers post-secondary education as a policy and as it applies in Indiana. In many states, the duty to pay any support for a child, including post-secondary education, ends at age 18 or when the child completes his or her senior ...
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February 14, 2017Adam Hayes
The Indiana Supreme Court has adopted the Indiana Child Support Guidelines as a tool to assist in determining the correct amount of child support based upon a duty to support a child, using the financial resources of the parties, needs of a child, and the standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the parties remained together. In any case there are certain events that can trigger the need to modify the court ordered child support amount. The most important thing to remember when considering filing for modification and when same should be done immediately, is upon certain triggering ...
July 19, 2016Adam Hayes
A common misconception between parents of young children during divorce is that “child support” stops when the child(ren) turn 18. This is not the case necessarily in Indiana, which is the subject of this blog. First, it is important to note that Indiana is one of the few states that has a statute in the Divorce and Paternity Act providing that a parent may be ordered to pay educational expenses once a child has reached the age of majority (i.e., eighteen).1 Most states have repealed the laws requiring divorced parents to pay and provide for college expenses. The minority of states ...
June 22, 2016Adam Hayes
Although in Indiana the current age of emancipation by statute is 19 years of age, meaning the age at which the duty for child support is terminated by statute, a parent may be responsible and have a duty to continue to provide educational expenses of a child enrolled in higher education. Pursuant to state statute, Indiana Code §31-16-6-2(a)(1), a court may enter an educational support order for a child’s education at a post-secondary educational institution. In a recent case the definition of the educational expense at a post-secondary educational institution became the issue. A trial court granted graduate school expenses and ...
August 27, 2015Adam Hayes
Indiana law changed several years ago to terminate a parent’s general duty to pay child support at 19. However, this law left in place language that allowed a trial court to have the discretion to award higher education expenses.1 Courts frequently award such colleges expenses. This has been subject to great debate among Hoosiers as many states end all support at or around 19. The reason age 19 is part of many statutes is because a senior in high school may turn 19 during his or her senior year. In Indiana, SB 109 was introduced in the most recent session of the ...
May 12, 2015Adam Hayes
As the end of summer nears and schools are beginning to prepare for a new year, the question of costs associated with education is often one on the minds of parents. Who will pay for back to school clothes, field trips, and book fees? The answer depends. The Indiana Child Support Rules and Guidelines provide guidance as to some of these fees1. For example, clothing, book fees, and supplies are considered controlled expenses. These expenses are costs that are incurred on behalf of the child, that are not shared or duplicated. The custodial parent (or parent who is designated as the ...
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