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Divorcing spouses might have to pay for kids’ college

Reportedly, some states are requiring divorced parents to pay for college tuition even though there are no laws that force married parents to do so. As part of a child support order, divorcing spouses could potentially be forced to add tuition fees to other common financial responsibilities, such as basic necessities and health care. Divorcing couples in Nevada should know that these post-majority educational support laws have not been adopted nationwide, but the issue is receiving more attention.

Because children with parents who are still together may be more likely to receive financial help from their parents, these education laws seek to offer a solution to the economic disadvantage faced by many of the children whose parents are divorced. Although the public does not question parents’ obligation to pay for their kids’ needs while they are minors, the idea that parents have a financial obligation to their children after they become adults is controversial.

Statues requiring support for college tuition might force parents to pay if they have the financial resources to do so and if their children demonstrate that they can get into college. An acceptance letter might serve as proof. In return, some parents might receive authorization to access college transcripts. A major case out of New Jersey prompted lawmakers both there and in other states to think about creating legislation for post-majority educational support.

Divorcing spouses who are concerned about child support might benefit from speaking to an attorney about their specific situation. Courts usually take into account a person’s income and other financial obligations before determining a child support order. Moreover, the attorney may be up to date on the newest ideas and legislation regarding divorce issues.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Forcing Some Parents to Pay College Tuition“, Margaret Ryznar, December 17, 2014

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