SB 649 - This act provides that parents will be obligated to continue paying child support for a child past his or her eighteenth birthday if such child provides proof, upon written request by the parent sent by certified mail, that they are attending an institution of vocational or higher education. If the child fails to provide the requested documentation within twenty days, the child support obligation will be abated until the child provides the information, or until the child provides evidence that he or she has attempted to obtain the information from the institution.
An attempt by the parent obligated to pay support to send a written request for the child’s educational information to the parent entitled to receive support shall be sufficient to meet the requirements of the statute, as long as the child receives the request. An attempt by the child to send the requested documents to the parent entitled to receive support shall be sufficient to meet the requirements of the statute, as long as the support-paying parent receives the documents.
This act also alters the minimum hours of attendance for continued obligation of support to nine hours a semester or academic term, rather than twelve hours, and eliminates the requirement that a child who is taking less than twelve hours must prove that they are employed for at least fifteen hours weekly.