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What is adult child maintenance

What is adult child maintenance?

Thursday 9th of May 2013

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A parent’s child support obligations usually end when a child turns 18, or completes secondary school whichever is the latest. 

There are however certain circumstances in which the Court may make an order for adult child maintenance.

Section 66L of the Family Law Act 1975 prohibits the Court from making a child maintenance order where the child is over 18 unless the Court is satisfied the maintenance is necessary to enable the child to complete his or her education or because of a mental or physical disability of the child.

There are a range of other factors which the court also considers in determining whether or not to make an order for adult child maintenance, including the capacity for a parent to pay, the capacity of the adult child to contribute to their own support and whether or not the sum sought is appropriate and reasonable.

If you have any queries relating to adult child maintenance or child support, contact Coote Family Lawyers to make an appointment with a solicitor today.

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