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Child support and contribution cases can be extremely complicated and extremely expensive, particularly if one parent is required to contribute toward college expenses. While not all states will require parents to pay for college, some do. In most cases, children who attend college have a higher likelihood of being successful. Americans with 4-year college degrees earned 98% more per hour on average than people without degrees.
In New Jersey, parents have an obligation to contribute toward college expenses. The case Newburgh v. Arrigo, found that financially capable parents should contribute to the higher education of their children if their children are qualified students. Since this ruling, it has regularly been ordered by the Court that parents must split, in some fashion, their children’s college education after divorcing.
The amount of contribution from both parents is determined by a number of factors, such as:
Both parents must contribute to their child’s higher education, but they are also required to talk about the educational decisions of their children and have the right be kept informed of those decisions. They must also be given the opportunity to be involved in all decisions regarding that education.
The court will determine the amount each parent must contribute after the child has exhausted all other possible financial resources such as loans and scholarships.
If you need assistance navigating the complicated world of college expenses and contribution toward those expenses, contact our excellent New Jersey family law attorneys. We have dedicated our careers to the exclusive practice of family law, which means we are well-versed in this area. We have also been named a New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Star for the past 2 years. If you’re in need of legal counsel, trust us with your case.
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