Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Case Law Development: What is Proper Documentation of College Enrollment for Purposes of Post-Majority Child Support

Missouri is one of the few states that requires post-majority child support for children attending college.  The statutory scheme has been amended a number of times in recent years to provide more detailed requirements regarding notice of enrollment to the obligor parent, minimum credit hour enrollments, and the like.

In a case of first impression, the Missouri Court of Appeals has interpreted one of those statutory requirements: that the child provide each parent with a "transcript or similar official document."  The court held that a print out of courses, credits and grades from a college's web-based system, while not an "official transcript" sufficiently met the meaning of "transcript" in the statute to require Mother to pay child support. 

Waddington v. Cox, Mo. App. January 2, 2008
Opinion online (last visited January 8, 2008 bgf)

For a chart comparing state approaches to post-majority support for college students, see the National Conference of State Legislatures' 2005 Summary

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