Your Child’s Education and Your Responsibility
At The Law Office of Jennifer J. McCaskill, LLC, LLC, in Red Bank, we have more than 10 years of experience advising and guiding individuals in Monmouth County, Ocean County, Middlesex County and adjoining counties in northeast New Jersey through the divorce process. In our experience, there are few things that stick in people’s craw more than child support.
Some people believe their obligation in regard to their children’s college education ends after their divorce is finalized. Paying For College After Divorce can, and often is, part of your settlement obligation. However, it doesn’t. New Jersey is very unique, as it is one of the few states in the United States where divorced people are required to contribute to their children’s college education.
This Kid Is Not Even Speaking to Me
This may not sound very romantic, but in the eyes of the Court, marriage is a legal contract between two parties. Divorce is the legal step required to break the contract between the contractual parties, with the children having some interest in the outcome. In New Jersey, this may include an interest in their college education.
Due to the overall adversarial nature of the process of divorce, sometimes it is difficult for people to understand why they are obligated to help pay for the higher education of a child who has chosen sides, and may not even be speaking to them. Parents can only be held responsible for their children’s college education only after they have applied for all eligible scholarships, financial aid and loans. The parents are then responsible for the remaining balance of what is needed for a child to continue their education, in accordance with his/her ability to contribute based upon his/her financial circumstances.
Whatever the dollar amount turns out to be, it will be allocated between the two parties. Paying for college after divorce responsibility is assigned to each person based on their incomes and assets. Each case is different in regard to financial circumstances. There are some people who are ordered to pay substantially, whereas others are only required to pay a small amount.
Difficult Times for Paying For College After Divorce
Our attorneys never forget that the process of divorce can be frustrating and heart wrenching. Things can be especially challenging when the relationships between you and your children become strained. At the Law Office of Jennifer J. McCaskill, LLC, we understand what you are going through. We have served the people of New Jersey for over a decade with compassion and vigor.
Our New Jersey divorce lawyers strive to establish a working relationship with our clients; dedicating our efforts to doing everything we can to help you get through your divorce as smoothly and as calmly as possible. Our top priority is to protect your interests, and work with you to help get you through your divorce as smoothly as possible.
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If child support or college expenses will be a concern for your pending divorce or paternity litigation matter, call us at 732-747-1882 or contact our offices in Red Bank to schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns.