Emancipation is the legal term used when your child no longer is eligible for child support.
In Indiana, child support used to terminate when a child reached age 21 (age of emancipation for child support purposes). As of July 1, 2012, the Indiana statutes have changed, and child support now terminates at age 19, although an educational support order may be imposed for college costs.
Your child may also be emancipated for child support purposes if he or she joins the military before his or her 19th birthday, gets married, or is no longer under your care or control, and is capable of supporting his or her self.
If your child fits into one of the above categories, you may want to consider filing a court petition to emancipate your child or to modify your child support order.
Martha McDermott can assist you with evaluating your circumstances to determine if emancipation is appropriate in your situation.
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