Interesting Read – Families lose with college tuition lawsuits

A lawsuit filed by a teen against her parents to force them to pay for her college tuition may soon be settled according to CNN on Wednesday but if not, a judge will decide this issue. Either way, the family has already lost.

This case

An 18-year-old high school senior left her New Jersey home. Parents and student disagreed as to the circumstances but both agreed there was plenty of family disharmony. “The lawsuit asked that her parents pay the remaining tuition for her last semester at her private high school, pay her current living and transportation expenses, commit to paying her college tuition and reimburse her friend’s parents for legal fees,” CNN reported.

Last week the judge denied the teen’s request that her parents pay for her private high school tuition and current living expenses with a friend’s family. The court set a date in April to address the remaining issues.

The judge may never get a chance to rule if the case is settled. On Wednesday, the teenager returned home to her family.

Other cases

Although parents are expected to support their children and see to their education, the responsibility after secondary school varies by state law.

Parents may decide to assume a further obligation for higher education on their own. In cases of divorce, this may become part of the divorce settlement. Parents reneging may be forced by court order to pay for their child’s college tuition.

“A New Jersey father has been ordered to pay half the cost of his daughter’s law school education at Cornell Law School, with his portion to be about $112,500, a New Jersey appeals court has ruled,” according to Monday’s article in FindLaw…

Continue reading at http://www.Examiner.com

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