I have been divorced for over 5 years, have full phsyical custody and make less money than when I got divorced. My child support has never been modified. My oldest will be living at home and commuting to college. Can I petition the court for help for college expenses/ support for her living expenses?
If your Rhode Island divorce decree includes an agreement or order for contributions for College expenses, you should be able to enforce those rights in court. if your decree/order does not address obligations for contributions to college tuition, it is not likely that the court will modify it 5 years later to force the children's father to contribute to college expenses. Congratulations to your children for entering college. Make an appointment to visit with your local family court attorney if you need assistance in reviewing the documents and your rights. If you hired an attorney to represent you in your divorce, contact them.
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I assume you were divorced in Rhode island. If not then ignore my response. I think the answer to your question is very simple. If as part of your divorce settlement, you had a written contract signed by you and ex where he agreed to contribute to college expenses, then that agreement is enforeable. However, if no written agreement, then in my opinion NO RI judge has the authority to order an ex spouse to contribute to college educational expenses.
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