How are costs of university or college shared by parents after separation and divorce Hi, I’m Brian Galbraith. I’m the owner of Galbraith Family Law. We are a law firm of divorce lawyers, with offices in Orillia, Barrie, and Newmarket. Normally, child support ends when your child reaches the age of 18 years of age, unless they continue to be in school on a fulltime basis or in the real instance, they are unable to become independent because of health concerns or other problems. If your child is in postsecondary education, such as college or university, then the issue.
Is how are those costs paid. Well, the simple answer is they are shared by both parents in proportion to your incomes. If your income is double your spouse’s income, you will pay twothirds and your spouse will pay onethird of the actual cost of university. That includes food, residence, books, tuition and all the other expenses related to postsecondary education. Now, your child is not off the hook. Every child has to make a reasonable contribution to their own education. The amount of that contribution just depends on your child’s.
Circumstances. Their income, their resources and funds that might be available to them. If your child takes a year off after high school, before going to university or college, you are still on the hook to share in their postsecondary education costs. The obligation is shared in the costs of your child’s education usually ends after one fouryear degree. I’ll tell you, there have been a few cases where judges have said that that obligation to pay for your child’s education can continue beyond the first university degree. This is an important part of the negotiations that we will engage in. We need to resolve how.
Who Pays for University or College After a Divorce or Separation
Far each of the parents are going to contribute to their child’s postsecondary education costs. We’ll put that in the separation agreement. The obligation to pay monthly base child support according to the guidelines continues unless your child is living away from home. So if your child lives out of town for university or college, then for the eight months that they are gone, there usually is not an obligation to pay base child support. But it depends on the circumstances, and some occasions, there still is an obligation to pay a monthly amount, depending on how much time the child.
Is spending at home. When the child is home for the summer months, again the obligation to pay base child support will resume in most cases. The problem with child support in postsecondary education costs is that there are a lot of gray elements to it. If you really want to understand your obligation, your best suggestion, best advice I can give you is that you speak with one of our lawyers. We can look at your circumstances and help you determine what your obligation is to the postsecondary education costs.
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