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MD Mulls Child Support for College

A bill has been introduced in the Maryland House of Delegates to extend child support to age 21 if the child is enrolled in college.

A similar bill was defeated last year.

Under current law, a Maryland divorce court cannot order a parent to pay for college, but can enforce an agreement that provides for this.

Do you think the court should make parents pay for their children’s college?

See House Bill # 986.


5 Responses to “MD Mulls Child Support for College”

  1. FreedomhaaWK Says:

    No I do not support this law. An 18 year old is an adult. An adult made the decision to further his/her education instead of working, Therefore no parent should be forced by law to support an adult.

    Support after emancipation should be voluntary

  2. James J. Gross Says:

    Freedomhaawk: The bill came up for hearing last night in the Judiciary Committee. Two people spoke in favor of it and one against. However, there is little support for the bill, and it looks right now as though it will not make it out of committee again this year.

  3. Hmr Says:

    Considering there is no legal responsibility to the children living under our roof to pay past the age of 18, I do not see why we should be forced to continue child support past graduating high school. Especially in this economy when many parents cannot support their adult children or pay for college as it is. It seems like the government is trying to take things took far and their power should not be allowed to delegate paying for adult children whom parents will have no responsibility for or control over.

  4. SJH Says:

    Married parents have no obligation to support their adult children, much less pay for their college education. So now legislators would like to force divorced parents to pay child support during their children’s college years???
    This blatant, in addition to irrational, discrimination based on marital status.

    In addition to being discriminatroy, the logic for this is fundamentally flawed. Forcing parents to make payments to their ex-spouse for a non-disabled adult child rather than directly to their child or the child’s college, actually reduces the child’s ability to attend college, by reducing the non-custodial parent’s ability to continue to directly pay the child’s college tuition. There is no guarantee the parent receiving the money would use it to pay for the child’s college.

    With these “lawmakers” even considering this bill, they are perpetuating the infantilization of adult children.

  5. James J. Gross Says:

    This bill was defeated in committee on March 6, 2012.

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