North Branford, CT asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Support for New York

Q: Can my adopted Mom kick me out since I’m 19 now?

I was adopted when I was a preteen. My mom is a single woman, it’s just her, my 4 biological siblings and I in the house. Ever since I turned 18, my mom has been advocating that I need to be out on my own. She has “kicked me out” multiple times, the longest only lasting a month. As time goes on, she has been making it very clear that I am no longer welcome and that she has the ability to “throw me out” whenever she pleases. I don’t have the money to find my own place. I don’t have anywhere that I can stay long enough to get money for an apartment. My main question is, if she kicks me out, am I able to get money to live off of? I know I am technically an adult, but from my brief Google searches, as an adopted child in New York State, she is required to provide for me until I’m 21. Is this true? Do I have valid grounds to get what essentially would be child support until I turn 21? I don’t know if the information I found is accurate. Thanks!

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Ms. Norka M. Schell
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  • Family Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY

A: In the state of New York, parents have a legal obligation to provide support for their adopted children until they reach the age of 21. This means that even when a child turns 18, parents are still required to provide financial assistance for their education, medical expenses, and other necessities until they turn 21.

The law requiring parental support for adopted children in New York is in place to ensure that children who have been adopted are provided for in the same way as biological children. This includes financial support for education, healthcare, and other living expenses.

It is important for parents to be aware of their legal obligations to their adopted children and to fulfill them to the best of their ability. Failure to do so can result in legal consequences, including potential court-ordered support and enforcement action.

Additionally, parents should also consider the emotional and psychological support that their adopted children may need as they transition into adulthood. Providing a stable and supportive environment for adopted children, both financially and emotionally, can have a significant impact on their well-being and future success.

In conclusion, parents in New York have a legal obligation to support their adopted children until they reach the age of 21. This includes providing financial assistance for education, healthcare, and other living expenses. Parents need to be aware of and fulfill these obligations to ensure the well-being of their adopted children.

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Katherine Lee McArthur
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A: In order to get an answer, look up you nearest Legal Aid office, where indigent citizens can obtain legal advice on certain types of legal matters. Most states have law that allow a parent to no longer support an able-bodied adult, after a statutorily fixed age, which is usually 18. If a special law covers ALL adopted children, only a New York attorney should be answering that question.

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