This bill concerns the authority of the court to enter an order of support for an adult child who has an intellectual or mental disability or who is physically disabled. The bill amends current law to increase the age limit for support orders from 21 to 26 for children with disabilities who live with a parent and are primarily dependent on that parent for support. The bill specifies that the increased age limit applies to support orders entered on or after October 1, 2023, as part of a divorce, legal separation, or annulment decree, or as an initial support order not claiming such a decree. The child support guidelines do not apply to these support orders.
The bill defines "intellectual disability" as a significant limitation in intellectual functioning existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior that originated before age 18. "Mental disability" refers to an individual who has a record of, or is regarded as having, one or more mental disorders as defined in the most recent edition of the American Psychiatric Association's "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders." "Physically disabled" refers to any individual with a chronic physical handicap, infirmity, or impairment, whether congenital or resulting from bodily injury, organic processes, changes, or illness.