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Age of Majority Questions

What is age of majority? The age of majority, in legal terms, means a person is legally an adult and is responsible for his or her actions. It is the time from when individuals are legally considered to be “adults” and are able to take control over their actions and decisions. The age of majority is when parents (or guardians) cease to be legally responsible for children.

Below are some frequently asked questions about the age of majority in the United States.

What is the age of majority in Tennessee?

The age of majority in Tennessee is 18, after which parents have no legal obligation to their child or responsibility for any of their actions. Likewise, the parents are no longer legally able to access medical information or school information unless the child provides written permission. This is true even if the child is still in high school.

How can one modify child support payments in Alabama when the child reaches age of majority?

If one is paying child support to their spouse directly, one can stop payments when the child graduates. If one is paying directly to the Court, they can file a petition to modify the child support.

How does age of majority affect child support in Massachusetts

The age of majority differs from state to state. In Massachusetts, under Mass code section 208 section 28, the court may allow child support to continue if the child, who 21 years of age, is living with the parent and is still dependent on the parent on account of admission to an educational program. This should not extend beyond an undergraduate degree. If the child is still living at home and depends on the parent’s support for college, then the father may continue to pay child support.

How does one recalculate child support for other children?

If the oldest child has reached the age of majority, the amount of child support for the other children would have to be recalculated using the current salaries of the parties (parents or guardians) and depending on the state they reside in.

Here is the link to the calculator for your reference:

Can child support be terminated when child attains age of majority?

To terminate support, the parent(s) would need to petition the court for termination, it is called an Order to Show Cause (OSC). Each county has a family facilitator's office which can assist you with the paperwork.

Will parents be responsible if an adult child commits a crime?

Should an adult commit a crime after reaching the age of majority, he/she is legally considered an adult and responsible for his/her own actions in any criminal matter. The parents would not be held responsible.

The legal age of majority can have many implications for custody and child support, as well as other legal issues. Whether you are a parent or a minor, you may be confused as to how the age of majority will impact the support you give or receive, or your own responsibilities in the eyes of the law. Legal experts can help clarify these concerns.
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