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Committee taking another look at emancipation law

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The Child Custody and Support Advisory Committee meets Tuesday to discuss the law passed during the 2012 legislative session that reduced the age of emancipation to 19 for child support purposes.

Senate Enrolled Act 18 changed the emancipation age from 21 to 19 and has led to questions as to whether children could be treated differently by the courts depending on whether their parents were ever married.

There are concerns that if children of divorce don’t file for a petition for educational support before they turn 19, despite when their child support orders were issued, they may not be able to receive the support.

According to its agenda, the committee will also consider Preliminary Draft 3246 on educational child support and other business.  It meets at 10 a.m. in Room 233 of the Statehouse.

The Probate Code Study Commission meeting will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 404 of the Statehouse. The commission will consider the 2013 legislative proposals from the Probate, Trust and Real Property Section of the Indiana State Bar Association.

The Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee meets at 10 a.m. Thursday in Room 233. An agenda for the meeting was not posted by IL deadline. The Criminal Code Evaluation Commission meets at 1 p.m. in Room 431 and will look at protected zones, probation issues and hear public testimony.

Visit the Legislature’s website to watch the meetings online.
 

 

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  5. "No one is safe when the Legislature is in session."

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