STATEHOUSE— Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) this session modified the length of time to provide child support. Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 18, which reduced the age of required child support to 19 years, was signed into law on Monday.
“Many parents expressed concern with supporting a child who is between 19 and 21 years of age who is not motivated to go to college or work,” said Rep. Kirchhofer. “However, I believe that those parents are still committed to providing the best future their child.”
Under current Indiana law, the duty to provide child support ceases when the child becomes emancipated or becomes 21 years old. Indiana was one of only three states to enforce child support orders until the child reaches the age of 21.
“Married parents do not have to support a child up to the age of 21,” said Rep. Kirchhofer. “This bill levels the playing field for all parents, married or not.”
SEA 18 will be effective July 1, 2012.
Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer serves House District 89. She is the Vice Chair of the Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation and serves on the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety and Insurance Committees.