Child support law deals with the legal obligation of non-custodial parents to contribute
financially to the rearing of their children. These laws are enacted at the state level.
However, because a child support order remains in effect until a child reaches the age of
majority (or even longer in some instances), administration of the order can become a
multi-jurisdictional issue as parents and children relocate.
The obligation to pay child support is considered to be independent of any other rights or
responsibilities of the non-custodial parent. Generally speaking, child support continues
until the child reaches the age of majority. However, the age of majority varies by each
state. This is the age in which a child is now considered an adult based upon state law.
The child attains the age in which he or she can make legal decisions for themselves. In
many states, this is age 18. This paper will focus on the details concerning how far the
child support should extend and how this topic is related to the history of Real Property
I propose to review the available literature on child support and family issues in order to
conclude its relationship with the history of property law. I plan to use online databases,
articles, and related case law. I also plan to revise literature from the law library at John
Marshall Law School. In this review, I will attempt to delineate concepts such as child
emancipation, child support agreement, and child support modifications. While this
review relates some to family law, I will intend to keep this topic related to the caveats of