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Childers v. Childers

575 P.2d 201 (1978)

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Childers v. Childers

Washington Supreme Court

575 P.2d 201 (1978)

Facts

Joyce E. Childers (plaintiff) and Leland E. Childers (defendant) divorced. At the time of the divorce, Leland was working as a medical doctor and had an above-average income. The trial court ordered Leland to pay child support for the Childerses’ three sons, all of whom lived at home at the time of the divorce and relied on parental financial support. The divorce decree also required Leland to support the sons through college if any of them decided to further his education. The matter was appealed on the ground that the order required Leland to pay child support until the sons reached the age of 22, which was four years past the age of majority. The court of appeals reversed the trial court and held that Leland’s support terminated once the sons reached the age of 18. The matter was appealed again. The Washington Supreme Court considered whether requiring support beyond the age of majority was permissible and whether the trial court had abused its discretion in ordering the support.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Hicks, J.)

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