Family Law Attorney Advises Review of Judgments Due to Changes in Missouri Law Regarding Age of Emancipation

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The law now provides that most children of divorced or never married parents are emancipated at 21 in Missouri and Leigh Joy Carson, Family Law Attorney, advises review of existing judgments with an experienced family law attorney.

The Carson Law Firm is advising review of judgments involving the support of children due to the change in the law. The age of emancipation for purposes of child support, including the parental obligation to contribute to college or vocational school, is now 21 for most of the children of divorced or never-married parents.

Leigh Joy Carson, family law attorney, says that "until the courts rule, it is not clear whether the change in the law will be applied retroactively to judgments already in effect when the new law became effective."

For the parental obligation to support a child to continue, there are a number of requirements that must be met. The child must be enrolled in and attending a secondary school program of instruction when the child reaches age 18. The enrollment in such a secondary school program of instruction must occur by October 1st following graduation from high school. The child must also provide a copy of the courses in which he or she is enrolled.

There are notification requirements as well as rules about the number of hours taken and the grades achieved.

Questions should be addressed to an experienced family law attorney.

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