New Law Cuts Child Support Age

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KANSAS CITY (AP) - Noncustodial parents in Missouri have to pay child support for their children in college only until they turn 21, under a new law that cut the maximum age by a year. But some lawmakers still argue the maximum age should be dropped to 18. 38 other states end required child support at age 18 or upon high school graduation. Last week's change could cut off child support for 3,200 current college students over 21. The new law allows a parent to stop paying after a child turns 21 or fails at least half of his or her courses in a college semester. A parent still can stop paying at 18 if the child does not pursue a higher education. Critics say the drop to 21 could jeopardize the senior year for lots of college students, ignite new fighting between divorced parents and flood the courts with new litigation.

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