Somerset County College Costs Lawyers
Helping Families Handle Complex Legal Matters
Paying for a child’s college education can be a challenge for any family. Parents who have gone through a divorce often find the process even more difficult. What are your rights and responsibilities for your child as they prepare to enroll in college?
DeTommaso Law Group can help you sort through this complex situation. With over 125 years of combined experience, our family law and divorce attorneys can provide you with sound legal advice and solid representation.
To discuss your situation with our reputable family lawyers, call (908) 274-3028 today. We proudly serve clients in Morris, Middlesex, Hunterdon, and Union Counties, and throughout New Jersey.
Determining Parents’ Contribution to a Child’s College Education
Under most circumstances, parents are required by New Jersey law to contribute to their child’s higher education costs. When determining how much each parent will owe, a court will evaluate the family’s situation carefully.
The court will base its decision on a variety of factors, including:
- whether the parent, if still living with the child, would have contributed toward the costs of the requested higher education;
- the effect of the background, values and goals of the parent on the reasonableness of the expectation of the child for higher education;
- the amount of the contribution sought by the child for the cost of higher education
- the ability of the parent to pay that cost;
- the relationship of the requested contribution to the kind of school or course of study sought by the child;
- the financial resources of both parents;
- the commitment to and aptitude of the child for the requested education;
- the financial resources of the child, including assets owned individually or held in custodianship or trust;
- the ability of the child to earn income during the school year or on vacation;
- the availability of financial aid in the form of college grants and loans;
- the child's relationship to the paying parent, including mutual affection and shared goals as well as responsiveness to parental advice and guidance; and
- the relationship of the education requested to any prior training and to the overall long-range goals of the child.
While many cases will result in both parents providing some amount of money for their child to go to college, there are some situations where a parent’s contribution is not warranted. One example of this is when your child demands that you pay for his or her schooling, but refuses to maintain a relationship with you, despite your efforts.
College Costs & Divorce
If you are currently going through a divorce, you will need to make important decisions regarding payments for your child’s college education. Depending on your particular situation, you may want to include terms in your divorce decree that set forth each parent’s obligation to contribute to the child’s higher education expenses. Our firm can help you create a property settlement agreement that suits your needs.
Contact DeTommaso Law Group today at (908) 274-3028 to find out how our Somerset County college costs lawyers can help you.