Paying for college after a divorce

The question of who pays for college expenses has become a major concern while negotiating a divorce settlement.  Questions have arisen as to whether or not a parent is responsible for paying for college-related expenses; is it a part of child support?

Today, it is important for a child to get a college education.  The court honors an agreement made by the two parents to provide money for college expenses, which include tuition, food, housing, transportation, computer and day-to-day living.  However, with the economy being as bad as it is and people out of work, an agreement is not always made since finances are usually tough after a divorce.

California law does not require a parent to pay for their child’s college education.  If your child is getting ready to attend college and you are not sure what to do about paying the expenses, contact an experienced Orange County Family Law attorney who will discuss the impact a college education can have on your future financial situation.