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Are Bergen County Parents Obligated to Pay for a Child’s College Expenses?

Are Bergen County Parents Obligated to Pay for a Child’s College Expenses?

Are Bergen County Parents Obligated to Pay for a Child’s College Expenses?

The college contribution affects both parents in NJ.  The parents often agree in writing in their Marital Settlement Agreement to contribute to the cost of tuition, room and board, and fees at college.  However, if the child is not already in college or applying to college, their actual dollar or percentage contribution cannot be determined until the child applies to college.  There is a well-known N.J. Supreme Court cases that lays out the factors the court must use to determine if and how much the non-agreeable party must contribute to college costs.  One way to divide the costs of college is to proportionately divide the costs based on each party’s share of their total gross income at the time the child applies to college.

Debra F. Schneider, Esq. proudly serves Hackensack, Bergen County, and New Jersey clients with quality legal services. Ms. Schneider effectively guides clients through divorce matters, alimony, child support, child custody and other issues. If you our help with your family law matter, contact our Hackensack firm for a consultation.  

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