The Supreme Court voided a child support statute as a violation of the equal protection clause.
Utah’s highest court of appeals upheld a state law setting the maximum age for child support for males at twenty-one and females at eighteen, finding women matured faster than men. Thelma Stanton sued her former husband after he stopped paying child support when their daughter turned eighteen. By an 8-1 vote, the Supreme Court voided the statute as a violation of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. In the opinion for the Court, Justice Harry A. Blackmun
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