The age of majority in Mississippi is 21. That means you pay child support and provide benefits for your child until he or she attains the age of 21. It is NOT 18. While your child may think he or she is grown at age 18, the state of Mississippi says otherwise. MCA 93-11-65. The age of majority is also synonymous with emancipation, though a child may be judicially emancipated prior to 21.
So you are paying until 21, but there are exceptions.
Emancipation is a process of having the child “declared” an adult shall occur upon the child;
- Joining the military and serves on a full-time basis
- Is convicted of a felony and is sentenced to incarceration of two (2) or more years for committing such felony
Other forms of Emancipation include Court-Ordered Emancipation when your child;
- Discontinues full-time enrollment in school having attained the age of eighteen (18) years, unless the child is disabled
- Voluntarily moves from the home of the custodial parent or guardian, and establishes independent living arrangements, obtains full-time employment and discontinues educational endeavors prior to attaining the age of twenty-one (21)
- Cohabits with another person without the approval of the parent obligated to pay support; cohabits generally means living together as if husband and wife.
Mississippi has lower rates, meaning amounts of child support, when compared with other states nationally, however, Mississippi makes up for it by extending payments to 21 in most instances.
Pay your child support and pay it on time.
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