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College and child support

On Behalf of | Jan 29, 2020 | Divorce |

Issues about future child-support expenses are often among the most complicated steps of a divorce. Many divorced couples dissolve their marriages on the basis of disagreements about finances or raising children. Child support encompasses both of these contentious subjects. 

These disagreements do not typically lose any strength as they continue through the more formal steps of negotiation and, potentially, litigation. In order to make the process as efficient as possible, it is important to understand the position of the courts on major costs, such as college tuition. 

One of the most important concepts while crafting a child-support agreement is one also one of the simplest. The principle, as stated by the Supreme Court of Nebraska, is to recognize the responsibility of both parents to help their children to the extent that their income allows. 

Therefore, child support is not about one parent helping out another. Nobody wins or loses. It is simply a process to make sure that the children of the divorce have the best possible future. 

In terms of college expenses, different states handle the issue differently. However, it bears mentioning that most courts would accept a reasonable agreement on the subject of college education, considering the details of the case in question. As explained on FindLaw, common considerations during child support planning include: 

  • Expectations of the parents 
  • Financial situations 
  • Federal student aid eligibility 
  • Emancipation law 

There are too many variables in the FindLaw resource to list, which could be one of the reasons that Nebraska law is relatively lenient when it comes to college expenses in divorce. The requirements may not be the same as in other states, but that does not prevent individual families from making personalized agreements to secure their children’s academic futures.