What is the law regarding child support once the age of majority is reached?
In some states, it is possible for the court to order support past the age of majority. It is typically referred to as post-majority support. If a court determines it appropriate for parents to contribute to a child's post-secondary education, the family court judge may terminate any existing child support order and replace it with an order requiring the parents to contribute to the child's education expenses. By law, these expenses include college or vocational school tuition, books, and fees. Orders may also include payment for health insurance or medical expenses.
In Nevada, if the court doesn't order payments beyond the age of majority in the divorce decree, child support continues until the age of 18 years, or 19 years, if the child is enrolled in high school.
The following are NV statutes:
NRS 125B.020 Obligation of parents.
1. The parents of a child (in this chapter referred to as "the child")
have a duty to provide the child necessary maintenance, health care,
education and support.
2. They are also liable, in the event of the child's death, for its
3. The father is also liable to pay the expenses of the mother's
pregnancy and confinement.
4. The obligation of the parent to support the child under the laws for
the support of poor relatives applies to children born out of wedlock.
NRS 125B.200 Definitions.
As used in NRS 125B.200 to 125B.300, inclusive, unless the context
1. "Court" includes a referee or master appointed by the court.
2. "Minor child" means a person who is:
(a) Under the age of 18 years;
(b) Under the age of 19 years, if he is enrolled in high school;
(c) Under a legal disability; or
(d) Not declared emancipated pursuant to NRS 129.080 to 129.140,
3. "Obligor-parent" means a parent who has been ordered by a court to pay
for the support of a minor child.