Saturday, March 7, 2009

Indiana Child Support : Repudiating a Parent

Generally, I like to breakdown an appellate opinion. On the other hand, I do not think I can add anything to this from Redd v. Redd (pdf version from the Indiana Court of Appeals):

“Repudiation of a parent is “a complete refusal to participate in a relationship with his or her parent.” Norris v. Pethe, 833 N.E.2d 1024, 1033 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005) (html version here). Under certain circumstances, repudiation will obviate a parent‟s obligation to pay certain expenses for the child, including college expenses. Id. “[W]here a child, as an adult over eighteen years of age, repudiates a parent, that parent must be allowed to dictate what effect this will have on his or her contribution to college expenses for that child.” . Id. at 167 (quotation omitted)....
Short and to the point and not much more that can be said about it. In a different context - say, child custody or parenting time - I might want to bring up parental alienation syndrome. Here, the parent bringing the child support modification petition is the parent who may be the victim of parental alienation syndrome.

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