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Epilepsy Considered Serious Medical Condition to Warrant Ruling That Father Should Continue to Pay Child Support for 19-Year-Old College Student

The Superior Court recently ruled that a 19 year old who attended college and was employed was not emancipated because she had medical issues related to having epilepsy, thereby requiring Father to continue to pay child support.. There is an exception to the general rule that the duty to support a child ceases when the child turns 18 or graduates from high school. A parent may be required to support a child who, after reaching the age of majority, has a mental or physical condition that prevents the child from being self-supporting. The test is whether the child is physically and mentally able to engage in profitable employment and whether employment is available to the child at a supporting wage.