Roncone Law Offices, P.C.
Call Our Attorneys:
978-401-0825 | 877-261-4389
Menu Contact

During a divorce, parents shouldn't forget college expenses

Couples who decide to separate have many different topic areas to discuss and, hopefully, agree upon: division of property, child custody, support agreements, living arrangements and more. When divorcing parents are working out details involving their children, one area they may leave out is who pays for a child's college education. However, experts say that parents in Massachusetts and elsewhere should include the answer to this question in their divorce decree, no matter the child's age.

In fact, some states require that divorcing parents provide details in their divorce papers stipulating how they plan to pay for their offspring's post-secondary education. Even if such information is not legally required, to avoid future conflict, parents are strongly encouraged to discuss and agree on each person's financial obligation during their divorce negotiations. This applies even if college time is many years in the future and even if parents are not sure whether the child will choose to attend college.

Parents need to consider several points, say the experts. The college plan, financially speaking, should clearly indicate where the money will come from as well as expenses it is expected to cover – for example, tuition, books, room and board, etc. Divorcing parents are also advised to address possible scenarios such as the child taking a gap year or choosing to not attend college and to clearly indicate what happens to the college money in each case. Parents should also consider how their divorce, as well as remarriage on either side, will affect their child's eligibility for financial aid.

Divorcing parents who plan ahead for their child's college years will likely find this time, whenever it comes, much less stressful, at least from a financial standpoint, leaving them to enjoy this exciting time with their child. Many decisions need to be made at the time of divorce, but divorcing parents who take the time to discuss this one will reap the benefits later. An experienced Massachusetts family law attorney can help parents considering divorce understand this sometimes overwhelming process and work through the various decisions that need to be made, including those involving their children.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

What Clients and Peers Are Saying ...

"Please take my word for it, this is the attorney that you want on your side and certainly not the one that you want against you.”

Email Us For A Response

Contact Us For A Free Initial Phone Consultation

Tell us about the type of case you are faced with. We'll tell you how we can help. Call us at 877-261-4389 or send us an e-mail to speak with a Leominster and Worcester area personal injury attorney, family law, or criminal defense lawyer today.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Roncone Law Offices, P.C.

142 Main Street
Leominster, MA 01453

Toll Free: 877-261-4389
Phone: 978-401-0825
Fax: 978-840-6000
Map & Directions