College Expenses Attorney New Jersey

In New Jersey, the Courts have commonly held that with the privilege of having children, comes the responsibility that the child receive a college education.  A question you must ask yourself is whether or not you would have sent your child to college if you and the other parent remained in a committed relationship. The Courts will consider whether the parents are educated themselves, the parent’s ability to pay, the child’s finances, the financial aid package, and the child’s current grades and aptitude.
Outlined below are 12 common factors the Court will likely consider in determining whether a party will be required to contribute towards college, as outlined in Newburgh:

  1. Whether the parent, if still living with the child, would have contributed toward the costs of the requested higher education;
  2. The effect of the background values and goals of the parent on the reasonableness of the expectation of the child for higher education;
  3. The amount of the contribution sought by the child for the cost of higher education;
  4. The ability of the parent to pay that cost;
  5. The relationship of the requested contribution to the kind of school or course of study sought
    by the child;
  6. The financial resources of both parents;
  7. The commitment to and aptitude of the child for the requested education;
  8. The financial resources of the child, including assets owned individually or held in custodianship or trust;
  9. The ability of the child to earn income during the school year or on vacation;
  10. The availability of financial aid in the form of college grants and loans;
  11. The child’s relationship to the paying parent, including mutual affection and shared goals as well as responsiveness to parental advice and guidance; and
  12. The relationship of the education requested to any prior training and to the overall long range goals of the child.

Once it is determined that parties have an obligation to contribute, then the question remains how much each party will contribute. However, there are instances wherein the Court will find that a parent does not have to contribute if parental alienation has existed.
Often times the Court will have a plenary hearing to determine what, if any, contributions towards college should be made by the parties. Updated Case Information Statements  and income information will be required and the expenses for the child is also examined.  The Court will take testimony as if you were in a trial. This can be an overwhelming experience for some. It is important to speak with counsel as to the various options on paying for your child’s education or getting help from the other party to help pay. Call the Law Office of Regan A. Barbetti so that we may discuss with you all of your options.


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For the customized legal representation you need for your College Expenses case, please contact us today. Our firm understands that each case is different, which is why we are always guided by the uniquely personal issues of each client and the various economic factors that exist.

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