Child Support for Adult Children

Quinnipiac Law Review, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 359-384, 2012

27 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2011 Last revised: 5 Dec 2013

Anna Stępień-Sporek

University of Gdańsk School of Law; Stępień-Sporek, Pawelski, Stoppa Spółka Partnerska Kancelaria Radców Prawnych i Adwokatów (Law Office)

Margaret Ryznar

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Date Written: August 15, 2011

Abstract

Although family law requires parents to support their minor children, the question of post-majority support – or child support for adult children – is entirely different. Some states permit this type of child support, while others do not. Those affected by this divergence in approaches include college students, unemployed people, disabled people, and of course, their parents – at a time of financial difficulty for many. The approach of each jurisdiction to this issue rests on whether the family is viewed as a social support system and whether intergenerational obligations exist. To help analyze these questions, this Article uses a comparative approach, considering the relevant law and public policy of both Europe and the United States.

Keywords: Family law, domestic relations, comparative family law, comparative law, child support, post-majority, Poland, Europe

Suggested Citation

Stępień-Sporek, Anna and Ryznar, Margaret, Child Support for Adult Children (August 15, 2011). Quinnipiac Law Review, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 359-384, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1910131

Anna Stępień-Sporek

University of Gdańsk School of Law ( email )

Jana Bażyńskiego 6
Gdańsk, 80-180
Poland

Stępień-Sporek, Pawelski, Stoppa Spółka Partnerska Kancelaria Radców Prawnych i Adwokatów (Law Office) ( email )

ul. Jana Matejki 21/2
Gdańsk, 80-232
Poland

Margaret Ryznar (Contact Author)

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

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