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Child support over 18 in MA?

Is there such thing as child support in Massachusetts for kids that are older than 18? Thanks.

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Yes, in some cases, MA family court judges will make orders for support, maintenance and education for children who are between the ages of 18 and 23.  Typically, those kids must live with and be a dependent of one parent.  The 22 and 23 year-olds must be dependent on the a parent who is supporting and maintaining them while they attend school or college.  For more information or to post a question, visit our MA Divorce Discussion Forum.   Good luck, and please tell your friends about The Forum.

Actually I believe you can get a child support order through age 23, so long as the child resides with the custodial parent and is enrolled as a full-time student working towards a degree. Recently with the influx of students attending graduate school some states have been further expanding this through age 25 to accommodate this change in the times. As such I believe in Massachusetts, there would be a good argument to extend the benefits through age 25 as long as the student is enrolled in a full-time program.

Read this post regarding changes to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 208, Section 28 (effective July 1, 2012) and to the way MA Family Courts will interpret the terms emancipated and emancipation.

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