With fathers composing 82 percent of noncustodial parents, the majority of parents ordered to pay child support are dads. This was a problem for fathers rights in Noblesville because Indiana was one of the few states in the nation where a child is not emancipated until age 21, thus prolonging child support payments.
However, a new Indiana child support law lowering the age of emancipation will affect current and future child support orders implemented by Indiana courts for Noblesville fathers.
Effective July 1, 2012, children are now considered emancipated for purposes of child support at age 19 as opposed to age 21. Read more details in our article, “Indiana’s New Child Support Law.”
Under the new law, a parent paying child support may modify their order to terminate support for a child once the child reaches age 19. This change puts Indiana in line with surrounding states that have used age 18 or 19 as the age of majority for some time now. It also saves Indiana the costs associated with child support administration in cases where a child is between the ages of 18 and 21.
This new Indiana child support law is a welcome relief to dads who have been locked into a schedule of mandatory payments to their adult children. It will enable dads to spend their money on their children as they see fit, instead of how the state tells them to. Noblesville, Indiana fathers rights groups view this change as a step in the direction of fairness.
Get help with dads rights in Noblesville, Indiana by arranging a meeting with a Cordell and Cordell men’s divorce attorney. Please call 1.866.DADS.LAW.