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Introduced by Representatives Myers of Essex, Branagan of Georgia, Clarkson of Woodstock, Donovan of Burlington, Evans of Essex, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Jerman of Essex, Lenes of Shelburne, Morrissey of Bennington and Pillsbury of Brattleboro

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Domestic relations; child support

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to permit the family court to extend child support for a child up to the age of 22 if the child is attending college full time and to allow the court to specify the child support payments be paid to the child directly.


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  15 V.S.A. § 658(c) is amended to read:

(c)  The court may order support to be continued until the child attains the age of majority or terminates secondary education, whichever is later.  The court may extend its support order for a child up to the age of 22 if the child is attending a college undergraduate program full time.  The court may specify that all or part of the payments be made directly to the child if it determines doing so would help the child better meet his or her education-related financial needs.  A child is considered a full-time student for purposes of this section if he or she meets the criteria for a full-time student designation at the college he or she is attending or the child is carrying at least 12 credit hours each semester or quarter.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont