On July 1, Indiana's emancipation age -- the age in which a parent no longer needs to pay child support -- will officially change from 21 years old to 19 years old.
"I didn't believe it," said Karen Bucksot, who has a 19-year-old daughter.
Bucksot said she didn’t believe the change because she never received any kind of notice, which will impact her immediately. She said she looked it up online and then called the Department of Child Services in disbelief.
"She said, ‘Effective July 1, you will be cut off from child support,” Bucksot said.
This year, the legislature amended the state child support law to match several other states which have an emancipation age of 19. That means Karen will no longer receive $400 a month to help support her 19-year-old daughter, Katie.
"I cried. I've cried all day," Bucksot said. "I mean, I had every indication of planning my life for them to leave the house and downgrade my expenses and everything when they were 21, but now I've got two weeks."
Katie will continue to receive money from her father to pay for her college tuition because the lower age limit does not apply to educational support. However, Karen won't be compensated for Katie living at home, and with a son who just graduated high school, she’s about to lose even more.
"Basically, in 10 months I'm getting about $10,000 in pay taken away without any notice," Bucksot said.
Karen said the hardest part is knowing she can't keep it from impacting her kids.
"When she called me crying it just kind of hit me,” said Katie Bucksot. “I was just kind of stunned that I'm 19 and all of a sudden I have to pick up a lot more bills, a lot more hours, I'm going to be going back to school. It just adds a lot of stress."
For the latest information on the amended child support law, go to: http://www.in.gov/dcs/support.htm