Are you required to pay for college?

>> Monday, December 6, 2010

Does your spouse's court order require your family to pay for the stepchild's college education?   Do you think it should be required?  If yes, is that a state or county requirement or just something you agreed to?

My personal opinion is that no, it should not be required.  A parent is not legally obligated to provide a college education for children within a marriage so why should they be required to provide a college education in the case of a divorce or child born out of wedlock?  College is a privilege, not a right.  I believe the financial obligation should end when the child reaches 18 (or graduates from high school, assuming they're not a regular, consistent flunky in the school system) unless the parent wants to provide additional financial assistance.  I am glad our state does not recognize a college education as a right to ADULT children of divorce.

2 comments:

Ally December 6, 2010 at 4:14 PM  

In NJ child support goes until the child is 23 IF they are enrolled in full time college, but neither parent is required to pay for it.

Syn December 6, 2010 at 8:33 PM  

Child support can go to age 23? *falls over* Wow! I don't understand how that can be legal to do. Are parents who have children within their intact marriage have to also provide financial support for their adult children to age 23 if they are enrolled in college full time?

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