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Sykes, Romanchuk Introduce Bill Supporting Disabled Adult Children

October 18, 2023
Vernon Sykes News

This week, state Senators Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) introduced Senate Bill 176, their bipartisan legislation that would allow judges to issue child support orders for adult children with disabilities.

"I am proud to continue advocating for children in Ohio, particularly those with disabilities. I am particularly pleased to have Senator Romanchuk join me as a joint sponsor,” Sykes said. “The love, support and care that disabled children receive from their parents is critical to improving their overall health outcomes. The care that many of these children need will extend into their adulthoods. This bill recognizes that reality and hopes to alleviate some of the burden and hardship that parents who are tasked with the responsibility of caring for these children face.”

Senate Bill 176 will allow courts to issue child support orders for adult children with disabilities whose parents are divorced, divorcing or legally separated, so long as the disability began while the person was still a minor.

“This legislation will give courts another tool to help some of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Romanchuk.

For more information on Senate Bill 176, click here.