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Steele's Duty To Support A Child Bill Passes House Committee

Last updated on Friday, February 24, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - State Senator Brent Steele’s (R-Bedford) bill to make Indiana child support requirements more reasonable passed the House of Representatives Committee on Family, Children and Human Affairs.

Steele says his proposal would ask a non-custodial parent to only provide monetary assistance until a child turns 19, unless that child is pursuing higher education.

He says hopefully it will encourage teenagers to obtain a college education, if they decide college is not the right path for them, then they need to start working instead of living off their parents for two more years.

Steele also said that by passing this bill, Indiana positions itself in line with an overwhelming majority of other states.

At this time, Indiana is one of only three states that still mandates parents pay child support to dependents under the age of 21. The other states are Mississippi and New York. The bill will now move to the full house for consideration.

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