Do Divorced Parents Have to Pay College Tuition for their Children in New Jersey?

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What would parent do?

The first factor is whether the parent, if still living with the child, would have contributed toward the costs of the requested higher education.


Background information.

What is the effect of the background, values and goals of the parent on the reasonableness of the expectation of the child for higher education


How much does it cost?

What is the amount of the contribution sought by the child for the cost of higher education


Ability to Pay

What is the ability of the parent to pay the cost of college.


Relationship between money and school program.

What is the relationship of the requested contribution to the kind of school or course of study sought by the child.


Other financial resources.

What are the financial resources of both parents.


Child's Aptitude.

The commitment to and aptitude of the child for the requested education


Child's Money.

The financial resources of the child, including assets owned individually or held in custodianship or trust.


Child's Earning Capacity.

The ability of the child to earn income during the school year or on vacation.


Financial Aid

The availability of financial aid in the form of college grants and loans.


Parent-Child Relationship

The child's relationship to the paying parent, including mutual affection and shared goals as well as responsiveness to parental advice and guidance.


Goals of the Child.

The relationship of the education requested to any prior training and to the overall long-range goals of the child.

Additional Resources

For further discussion of these factors, see the famous New Jersey precedent, Newburgh vs. Arrigo, 88 N.J. 529, 443 A.2d 1031 (1982).

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