The attached article and research referred to appears to suggest that changes in culture and society should mean we consider a child to be a child passed the age of 18, and potentially to the age of 24.
The needs of dependant children often factor heavily in divorce and separation cases when looking at housing need and maintenance. Changing the legal age of a child may have financial implications for separated parents who are providing a home for the child or paying or receiving child maintenance.
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"Age definitions are always arbitrary", she writes, but "our current definition of adolescence is overly restricted". "The ages of 10-24 years are a better fit with the development of adolescents nowadays." Prof Russell Viner, president-elect of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health, said: "In the UK, the average age for leaving home is now around 25 years for both men and women." He supports extending the definition to cover adolescence up until the age of 24 and says a number of UK services already take this into account. He said: "Statutory provision in England in terms of social care for care leavers and children with special educational needs now goes up to 24 years," as does provision of services for people with cystic fibrosis.