2016 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 9 - Civil Code-Ancillaries
RS 9:315.22 - Termination of child support upon majority or emancipation; exceptions

LA Rev Stat § 9:315.22 (2016) What's This?

§315.22. Termination of child support upon majority or emancipation; exceptions

            A. When there is a child support award in a specific amount per child, the award for each child shall terminate automatically without any action by the obligor upon each child's attaining the age of majority, or upon emancipation relieving the child of the disabilities attached to minority.

            B. When there is a child support award in globo for two or more children, the award shall terminate automatically and without any action by the obligor when the youngest child for whose benefit the award was made attains the age of majority or is emancipated relieving the child of the disabilities attached to minority.

            C. An award of child support continues with respect to any unmarried child who attains the age of majority, or to a child who is emancipated relieving the child of the disabilities attached to minority, as long as the child is a full-time student in good standing in a secondary school or its equivalent, has not attained the age of nineteen, and is dependent upon either parent. Either the primary domiciliary parent or the major or emancipated child is the proper party to enforce an award of child support pursuant to this Subsection.

            D. An award of child support continues with respect to any child who has a developmental disability, as defined in R.S. 28:451.2, until he attains the age of twenty-two, as long as the child is a full-time student in a secondary school. The primary domiciliary parent or legal guardian is the proper party to enforce an award of child support pursuant to this Subsection.

            E.(1) An award of child support continues or shall be set with respect to any unmarried child who, whether institutionalized or not, is incapable of self-support and requires substantial care and personal supervision because of an intellectual or physical disability that is manifested before the child attains the age of majority. A disability under this Subsection shall not include substance abuse or addiction.

            (2) An action under this Subsection may be filed regardless of the age of the child.

            (3) Either the major child or his tutor or curator is the proper party to file an action to establish, modify, or enforce an award of child support pursuant to this Subsection.

            (4) Except as otherwise provided in this Subsection, the substantive and procedural rights and remedies in an action relating to the establishment, modification, or enforcement of child support orders for minor children apply to an action filed, and to an award of, child support rendered under this Subsection.

            (5) The court shall consider the eligibility of the child for public benefits and services and may make orders necessary to promote the best interest of the child, including ordering the creation of a trust and placing the award in trust.

            (6) When the Department of Children and Family Services is providing support enforcement services, those services will continue under this Subsection only if the major child or his tutor or curator obtains and submits to the Department, before the child attains the age of majority, a judgment ordering the continuation of support for the child.

            Acts 1993, No. 261, §7, eff. Jan. 1, 1994; Acts 2001, No. 408, §1; Acts 2001, No. 1082, §1; Acts 2015, No. 379, §1, eff. Aug. 1, 2016.

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