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Karla52402

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I'm new here and hoping to get some advice/input from other members on my issue:

 

My stepdaughter will turn 18 in October.  She dropped out of high school when she turned 17 and was trying to get her GED.  She has since stopped that and hasn't taken a test since April.  In May she told us that she was pregnant.   She is currently living with her mom and working about 25 hours a week at Taco Bell.

 

Our divorce degree reads rather funny (I think).  In the event that child has not graduated from high school by the age of 18, we must pay until she gets her high school diploma,  certificate, or GED, or until the age of 19 whichever occurs first.    It is my understanding/hope that child must be attending school full time.  In talking with our lawyer, he feels that she will be emancipated on her 18th birthday because she is working and not attending school. 

 

Has anyone had any experience with this?  I'm not sure how "up to date" our lawyer is.  I just really don't want see my husband and I have to pay for another full year.  We both currently work 2 jobs to pay this support.  Is it really fair that daughter gets support from us, will get support from the babies father, WIC, Title 19, and food stamps... etc....    Plus her mom isn't working.  She just sits at home all day... ugh...

 

I appreciate all feedback!

 

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Welcome to IowaFathers.com!  Your attorney is correct that if the daughter is not attending school at the age of 18 then she should emancipate out of child support. Many other fathers have experienced the same circumstances. I would contact your local CSRU office now and start preparing by educating yourself on the emancipation process.


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I would get my lawyer involved real fast to end this useless financial obligation. 

 

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It is our understanding that we have to pay until she turns 18.   I spoke with CSRU and they told me that they send out a Notice of Emancipation about 45-60 days before childs 18th birthday saying that child may be emacipated and then both sets of parents have to fill out a questionaire.  Some of the questions relate to if child has graduated, if they left school without graduating, etc...

My biggest concern is the comment in the divorce decree that states if she doesn't have diploma, certificate, or GED we must pay till she does or turns 19, whichever occurs first.  We are afraid that MOM and her lawyer and CSRU will read that to mean that she doesn't have her GED yet, so we have to pay till she does or turns 19, whether she is in school or not. 

 

Also, does anyone know of any good lawyers in Cedar Rapids or the Keokuk area?

 

Thanks...karla 

 

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My biggest concern is the comment in the divorce decree that states if she doesn't have diploma, certificate, or GED we must pay till she does or turns 19, whichever occurs first. 

In my opinion, considering she is pregnant, not in school, and working full-time, any reasonable judge would modify the child support obligations ending it upon the age of 18.


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"Political reasons have not the requisite certainty to afford juridical interpretation. They are different in different men. They are different in the same men at different times. And when a strict interpretation of the Constitution, according to the fixed rules which govern the interpretation of laws, is abandoned, and the theoretical opinions of individuals are allowed to control its meaning, we have no longer a Constitution; we are under a government of individual men, who for the time being have the power to declare what the Constitution is, according to their own views of that it ought to mean." Dred Scott v.Sanford, 19 How. 393, 620 (1857) (Curtis, J., dissenting).
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Hi again.  I wanted to update you on the latest in this situation.  We contacted CSRU and they show our child support ending on daughters 18th bday.  We contacted the bio mom two weeks ago (per our lawyers advice) and told her that our child support was ending on her 18th birthday and she "said" she agreed.   Last night we received a call from daughter saying that she was signing up for GED classes today.  Now knowing the ex, my guess is she thinks if daughter is taking a GED class that child support will continue until she gets her GED.  It just seens very coincidental that two weeks after we told her child support was stopping that daughter has now signed up to take a GED class, since she hasn't gone since April. 

 

Do you think we will have to continue to pay until she gets her GED now?

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You could try to go ahead and continue with the process.  Even if the court finds that you continue to pay since she trying to obtain her GED, you could maybe put something  in the order that if she stops the classes, support immediately stops as well.  If she is doing this merely to keep support coming, she probably won't take the classes seriously and would quit eventually anyway.  Or you could give her the benefit of the doubt and hold off and see how she does.  It would be in your daughter's best interest to obtain a GED, so I would encourage her to do so as much as possible.

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Why are divorced people required to pay CS after age 18 if the kids are in school, when married people are not?

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I believe all parents are required to support their children if they are still in high school until age 19.  The reasoning is that most people turn 18 before they graduate from high school.  That is probably why it is in your stipulation.  I realize your case is different as your child stopped attending school. This may make it possible for you to stop support.

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If you do have to continue to pay support now that she's enrolled in GED classes, I'm thinking that may not take too long.  I think my sons got their GEDs in about three months.  I suppose it depends on what courses she's lacking, but just thought I'd mention that.

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