According to the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, a woman in Virginia lost her child support payments because her child's homeschooling was not recognized by the state.
Patricia was complying with the law; she was qualified to homeschool and had notified the local school district of her intent to educate her teen daughter at home.
As a single parent she was entitled by law to child support pursuant to a custody agreement until her children completed high school. However, just days after her daughter’s 18th birthday, the agency responsible for collecting and distributing the support payments from Patricia’s former spouse informed her that child support would no longer be collected simply because her daughter, Katelyn, now 18, was not in school.
She was told that this was happening because “West Virginia does not recognize homeschooling as a secondary education.”
When Patricia contacted the agency to gather more information and to attempt to resolve the matter, she was told by one staff member that “We know homeschool kids don’t work as hard as kids in regular school.”