Coming up with a workable plan for the financial needs of your children
is one of the most contentious parts of most divorces. The Courts strive
to enter orders that are in the best interests of the children, and also
to enforce those orders. Typically, the expenses are apportioned between
the parents based on ability to pay and need. In most cases Court ordered
financial support ends when your children reach the age of 18. This is
not true in all cases though, and it important for parents to be prepared
for the possibility they will be held responsible for certain expenses
relative to their children beyond the age of majority.
A perfect example of a case where the parents were required to pay for
expenses of their child is the case of
Caitlyn Ricci. In that case, the Court ordered the divorced parents of the college student
to pay for her tuition. The case began in August 2013, when a Judge ordered
Ricci's parents to pay nearly $1,000.00 by the end of the year. The
next move made by Ricci, was to sue her parents for $16,000.00 due in
tuition. The Judge ordered the parents to pay that sum as well, but an
appeal is likely.
To avoid complications and unexpected expenses, it is crucial you have
the rights and duties of the parties clearly spelled out in your divorce
decree. If you believe your ex is able to pay for higher education expenses,
you should make that request during your divorce. Once an order is entered
by the Judge, the only way to have it changed is by filing a motion to
modify the decree. And, if your spouse fails to abide by the terms of
a Court order you can request a contempt citation be issued. This usually
gets the attention of your spouse, and goes a long way in resolving problems
before they reach a heightened level.
For more information about which parent is responsible for certain expenses
regarding children, call an experienced family law attorney for answers
to your questions. We can be reached online at
http://www.divorcelawyers1.com. Call today to schedule an appointment.