Which Jurisdiction Determines The Emancipation Age?

College supportQuestion:

I was divorced in New York 15 years ago but have lived in New Jersey for 12 years while my ex and son have lived in Pennsylvania since we divorced. In New York, the age of emancipation is 21, but in New Jersey and Pennsylvania it is 18.

Do I have a case to change jurisdictions?


Please be advised that I am barred in Pennsylvania and will answer your question based on my experience.

In general, the state where a divorce was entered retains jurisdiction over that matter. This means that if college contribution has been negotiated for in a marital settlement agreement and the same was incorporated in another state’s divorce decree, then this state would not have authority to modify said agreement.

Philadelphia Divorce Attorney Jaimie Collins
Philadelphia Divorce Attorney Jaimie Collins

With regard to child support, the state where the order was entered has continuing and exclusive jurisdiction over the support matter. However, if neither party resides in the state where the support order was entered, then the case may be transferred to another state where either the plaintiff or defendant resides upon motion being filed in the state where the order was entered.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Pennsylvania divorce lawyer Jaimie Collins, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on CordellCordell.com, CordellCordell.co.uk, and DadsDivorce.com, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

One comment on “Which Jurisdiction Determines The Emancipation Age?

    I work in Kosovo as a security contractor, my ex wife lives in Kansas with my two daughters, we were divorced in Nebraska. She’s hinting about raising my child support while I’m here. Do I have any rights from here if she decides to go to court without my presence? I’m concerned.

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