STATEHOUSE—State Representative Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) sponsored a Senate bill in the House of Representatives that modifies the length of time to provide child support. Senate Bill (SB) 18 passed the House with a 67-28 vote.
Under current Indiana law, the duty to provide child support ceases when the child becomes emancipated or becomes 21 years old. SB 18 decreases the non-emancipated age from 21 to 19.
“Constituents have come forward and 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. “Education is very important; we want parents to be able to help with those expenses if the child is committed to it.”
If a child turns 19 years old and is receiving support under an order issued before July 1, 2012, they may file a petition for educational needs until they turn 21 years old. For any court ordered support issued after June 30, 2012, the child is eligible to petition for educational needs until 19 years of age.
“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.”
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.