Children of Divorce May Be Supported Longer
A new bill making its way through the Maryland legislature may make it easier for children whose parents have divorced to seek higher education. In the new bill, the age of majority for certain children of divorce would be raised from 18 to 23.
The bill is sponsored by Terri Hill, a Democratic Maryland delegate representing Baltimore and Howard. According to those supporting the bill, “18 isn’t what it used to be.” It is also said that 23 is the new 18, which is why this is the age that has been suggested for majority.
Sixteen states and two United States territories have considered similar bills. Between the years 2000 and 2016, none of these bills made it into law. Hill is quick to point out that the general age of majority will not be raised. The law would only apply in certain situations. For example, they may specify that the age of majority would be raised if the child was enrolled in school, had a significant health issue or was disabled in some way.
Proponents of the bill wonder about its constitutionality. If the age of majority would only be raised for children of divorce, how is it fair to children whose parents are still married but can’t afford college tuition? There is also concern about whether advancing the age of majority would impact a child’s ability to secure financial aid.
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