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Paying for college tuition as a divorced couple

You and your former spouse have a child who wishes to attend college. You know that college tuition proves incredibly costly, and you worry that your ex-spouse will have no interest in helping pay the excessive fees. Luckily, in the state of New Jersey, you and your former spouse both face requirements by law to continue to provide for your child’s education – even when he or she reaches the age of 18.

New Jersey law considers children over the age of 18 unemancipated, meaning that their education expenses will still fall largely on the individual parents. The law will end when your child receives their desired post high school degree, whether the degree is a 2-year or traditional 4-year college education.

Is New Jersey a no-fault divorce state?

In "no-fault" divorce states, both spouses can be considered blameless for the ending of their marriage. If a divorcing couple chooses to file their divorce in an uncontested manner, they may be able to work through their court procedures quickly and inexpensively.

New Jersey law provides two ways to file for no-fault divorce and seven ways to file for fault divorce.

Developing thoughtful and creative parenting plans

Divorcing your spouse is not divorcing your role as a parent. In fact, both parents are encouraged by research psychologists to take a pro-active role in their kid’s lives despite the changes brought on by divorce. In most cases, children benefit from both parents contributions. Each parent has a unique ability to influence the emotional well-being of their children.

One way you can ensure your children are still the center of your world is through adapting a thoughtful and creative parenting plan. Parenting plans are either implemented through a standard court-approved agreement or developed by parents.


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