Family law recognizes that many times parents will choose
to extend their child support and continue to provide financial aid to their
child after their child has become
legally emancipated. This usually does not require any form of
legal action; just the
willingness to continue assisting their child. This often occurs when a child
is enrolled in a college or a university.
Receiving a post–secondary
education is a large financial burden. However,
when this education is completed the child receives many more opportunities in
life, such as better paying jobs. Many parents will choose to help their
children with this financial burden, as they understand that it is difficult
for a student to handle all of the education expenses on their own. Therefore,
parents will choose to provide finances for school tuition, books, and living
expenses such as housing and food.
If an individual is suffering from a physical injury or
disability, a parent may choose to help their child pay for medical care. A
parent may also choose to temporarily extend their child support if their child
is unable to secure a job and is suffering financially. A court petition is not
necessary in instances such as this because one or both parents are assisting
the child out of their own will. Though the parent is legally absolved of their
duty to provide support and care for their child, they may continue to do so
because they want to help their child succeed in life.