Private School Tuition After Divorce: Can A Judge Force You to Pay?

| Oct 23, 2014 | Divorce

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Must I Pay For Private School Tuition After My Divorce?

 

Clients will often ask if they must pay for their child’s private school tuition as part of their divorce decree. This answer depends upon whether your child was in private school during the marriage and the financial resources of the family after the divorce decree is entered by the Judge.

The income that went to support one household during the marriage will now have to support two households and the Judge will consider the financial available for private school tuition. Most importantly, the Judge will consider the best interest of the child in making a decision about private school tuition.

In the Best Interest of the Child

If the child has been in private school during the marriage, doing well and the family can continue to pay for the private school tuition the Judge will most likely order that the child will remain in private school. However, if one parent desires the child to remain in private school and the other party does not have the money to contribute to private school tuition, the party desiring the child to remain in private school may be ordered to pay the entire private school tuition.

It is important to remember that each case is different and the Judge will take into consideration both the financial resources of the family and the best interest of the child when it come to the child’s education and private school tuition.

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