Does Child Support Stop if My Child Attends College?

Often asked is When does child support terminate? Generally, child support stops when your child turns 18 and graduates from high school. If the child is still 18 and attending school, it stops when the child graduates or turns 19, whichever is first.

Much less often is the case where a 17 year old goes to college. If the 17 year old is attending a local university/college and living at home, the case law is clear that child support continues until age 18. what is less clear is whether child support does (or should) terminate if the child goes away.

The statutes in Kentucky do not make allowances for a 17 year old going away to school. The statute is clear that it continues until age 18. Kentucky divorce/dissolution courts are courts of equity. That is, the court can consider if continuation of child support is equitable or if it leads to an inequitable result. For example, if the paying party is paying 100% of the college, including room and board, then it may be inequitable for that person to continue paying support to the other parent. On the other hand, if both parties have incurred debt and continue to support their child, it may be more equitable for the child support to continue.

Important to remember is that child support doe snot automatically change if only the eldest child emancipates and there are other minor children in the home. Child support changes when either party requests a modification; generally the paying spouse requests that it be lowered when a child emancipates.

If you have questions about dissolution, child support or other post-decree matters, contact Michael Bouldin at Bouldin Law Firm at 859-581-6453 (581-MIKE) or email

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Marijuana Dismissal in Cincinnati

Yesterday I represented a criminal defendant charged with possession of marijuana in Hamilton County, Ohio. While I cannot be certain without a thorough research of all marijuana cases in Cincinnati, I believe that was the first case that the City of Cincinnati agreed to dismiss a case for possession of marijuana in Hamilton County. As has been widely publicized, the City of Cincinnati has passed city-wide legislation to decriminalize possession of marijuana for personal use.

My client, who will remain nameless to protect his identity, was charged with possession of marijuana, being less than 100 grams. (Expungement will be forthcoming). The actual amount was less than 14 grams,clearly a “personal use” amount and there was no other indicia of trafficking or other illegal activity.

The defendant was smoking inside of his car when the officer approached. He was polite, admitted to smoking and allowed search of the vehicle. While not certain, having practiced criminal defense for 25 years, I am confident that the defendant’s compliance and attitude toward the officer helped in the resolution of the case.

This Defendant’s case has been pending for awhile, and was scheduled for trial on August 15, 2019. Counsel for the Defendant had been scheduling the matter to try to have the trial scheduled after City counsel could consider and vote on the proposal to decriminalize possession.

Warning: possession of marijuana remains a state crime ion both Ohio and Kentucky, as well as a federal crime. The decriminalization in Cincinnati is a city counsel ordinance and may only be available as a choice by city prosecutors. Additionally, other crimes such as possession of drug paraphernalia may or may not be prosecuted.

If you have been charged with any crime, contact an attorney to protect your rights. In Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, contact Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 (581-MIKE) or email

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How To Deal with a Narcissist in Divorce?

Narcissist is an often used, and generally overused, word in the divorce process. Nearly everyone has some narcissistic features, however very few people fit the medical/mental health definition of a narcissist.

A narcissist is defined as: a person who has an excessive interest in or admiration of themselves. People refer to narcissists as those who think the world revolves around them. The clinical definition of Narcissistic personality disorder — one of several types of personality disorders — is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others.

This leads to the common question, “What is the difference between a contested and uncontested divorce?” That answer is simple, one the parties agree and the other they do not and must have a judge decide some or all of their disputed issues.

The underlying question is much more complex: Why do some people agree on terms and others fight?

There are many ways to deal with a person with excessive narcissistic personality features. It is important to share with your attorney if you believe that your spouse (ex-spouse) has these features and to develop a game plan in how to deal with them.

Using an attorney with extensive experience in dealing with a variety of litigants, especially narcissists, is helpful in not only handling the case, but also attempting to settle, deciding when to go to trial, and dealing with that person in the future. If you have children, the divorce is not the end of having to deal with the other parent.

If you have concerns and wish to discuss, contact Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 (581-MIKE) or email to schedule an appointment.

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Bouldin Law Legal Website Returns

Thanks to those that assisted in our office move, renovation and updated website.  I hope that the change will benefit all past, present and future clients of Bouldin Law Firm.

The close of the office at 120 West Fifth Street has allowed for out expanded space at 619 Washington St., Covington, KY 41011.  We are only 1.5 blocks from the old location, with accommodations for most legal needs.

The new office houses only 2 attorneys, Michael W. Bouldin and Kristopher Nevels.  Kris is concentrating in accident/injury but rapidly building a criminal defense and custody practice.  Mike remains focused on client needs, predominantly in divorce/dissolution as well as criminal defense.

The firm also covers a variety of other concerns, such as estate planning, including preparation of wills, living wills, trusts and POA.  Niche’ areas of practice include Social Security Disability/SSI and KHSAA eligibility.

If you have legal concerns, please call our office at 859-581-6453 (581-MIKE) and ask our office manager, Emily, for assistance.  Email

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