Child support may be awarded for a child eighteen years of age until the child’s twenty-first birthday if the child resides with the recipient parent and is principally dependent upon that parent for support.  Child support may continue through the age of twenty-three if the child continues to reside with the recipient parent and is principally dependent upon that parent for support due to the child’s enrollment in an educational program.  In setting a child support order for a child over the age of eighteen, the court must consider certain specified factors which include: the reason for the child’s continued residence with and dependence on the primary parent, the child’s academic circumstances, child’s living situation, the available resources of the parents, the costs of post-secondary education for the child and the allocation of those costs between the parents, and the availability of financial aid.

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