Emancipation in New Jersey
In New Jersey emancipation is not automatic, especially if a parent is ordered to pay child support through probation. A formal motion for emancipation must be filed. Parents have a legal duty to support their children from birth until emancipation, which "presumptively" occurs when the child reaches the "age of majority." Generally that means when the child turns eighteen (18) or upon high school graduation, whichever is later. It also can occur if the child is married or inducted into military service. We have over twenty-one years of experience in helping families with emancipation disputes. Call now to speak with a lawyer at the Law Offices of Kevin Crawford Orr about the facts of your case.
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Can Child Support Continue Beyond the Age of Majority?
Yes. In New Jersey emancipation only is presumed to occur at the age of majority. The presumption can be rebutted by proof that the child is not beyond the "sphere of parental influence." Such proof includes that the child is in college.
Also, if the child is severely disabled the obligation to pay child support may be continued. The relevant statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23(a), provides in part that:
Are Parents Required to Pay for College?
Generally, yes. For more information about the requirement to pay college tuition and room click here
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