Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

New York Daughter Sues Parents for Child Support

Maria Guevara, age 18, who no longer lives with either parent but has her own apartment, has sued her parents for child support.  She says that she had a strained relationship with her father, who she said physically abused her when she was younger -- a charge he denies -- and she said her mother was too strict, setting an early curfew and denying her money for restaurants and fashionable clothes.  Following her move from her mother’s home, she sued her parents for child support in Nassau Family Court. Under New York law, young people between the ages of 18 and 21 fall into a special category: They are old enough to move out of their parents' house, but young enough to be supported by them in most cases, according to some legal experts.  Cases in New York of this kind have reportedly been decided for and against persons in Ms. Guevara’s situation.  Source:  Ann Givens, Newday,  For the complete story, click here (last visited October 12, 2005, reo).

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