College Tuition And Divorce In New Jersey

For many families, one of the biggest expenses that comes with raising a child begins after he or she turns 18 and graduates from high school. As more and more students enroll in higher education programs, parents are often beginning to save for college tuition payments when children are still young to minimize the amount of debt their children will have when they finally earn their degree.

Laurie A. Bernstein Esq. has more than 30 years of experience as an Essex County, New Jersey, Family Law attorney. She regularly advocates on behalf of clients facing issues related to paying for higher education.

Parent Contributions Toward Higher Education

Courts consider many factors when determining a parent's obligation to contribute toward a child's secondary education, including:

  • Whether the parent would have assisted the child in paying for college before a divorce
  • The shared goals of the parent and child, as well as the reasonableness of the expectation that the child would seek higher education
  • The financial resources of both parents
  • The child's choice of school and the cost associated with that program
  • The commitment and aptitude of the child for the requested education and the relationship that education has to his or her future goals

For some families facing divorce, issues related to college tuition can be discussed and agreed upon as they make their initial arrangements for support. For other families, support agreements may have been put in place before college expenses were considered, and support Orders need to be revisited. Laurie A. Bernstein Esq. advocates on behalf of clients in both situations, helping them protect their rights while finding comprehensive plans that work for their families.

Contact An Essex County Support Agreement Attorney

To schedule a confidential consultation with an experienced Essex County Family Law lawyer regarding college tuition and divorce in New Jersey, contact The Law Office of Laurie A. Bernstein, P.C., at 973-567-3591.

Contact Laurie A. Bernstein

The Law Office of Laurie A. Bernstein, P.C.
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Roseland, NJ 07068

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