Many times, we hear stories about how fathers wind up paying child support on children which are not genetically related to them. Ofttimes, this occurs from naivete, sometimes, by deliberate misrepresentation.
A family law question which occasionally gets asked of this office is whether someone can be court-ordered to pay the costs of private education as a part of child support. I also hear queries about whether Kentucky law requires someone to pay college expenses or child support to a parent who has a college student living in their home. My usual answer is that in the absence of a written agreement, payment for private education won't be required unless there are some special educational circumstances involving specific learning difficulties and a professional recommendation advocating attendance at a specific private school.
In some jurisdictions in the United States, there are significant battles over the payment of private school tuition for minor children as well as the tuition obligations of children who have achieved the age of majority. Some of those battles are legislative as advocates work to install such a requirement, and in in other jurisdictions, statutes requiring just that are being challenged.
In many states, there are significant battles over the payment of child support and tuition obligations of offspring of the parties that has achieved the age of majority. Some of those battles are legislative as advocates work to install such a requirement, and in in other jurisdictions, statutes requiring just that are being challenged.
In certain percentage of cases involving child support or custody, there will be a child with special physical or educational needs.
On family law child support issues, Louisville judges were always pretty predictable. Nowadays, we've seen a new weapon added to the arsenal, a public shaming broadcast complete with nasty commentary. Called "Deadbeat" this daily program on family law is designed to titillate, and cannot be avoided by court participants - all of the circumstances are put up for public display.
In a number of states, there are significant battles over the continuation of child support and expense obligations through the college years of a child that has achieved the age of majority. Some of those battles are legislative, inasmuch as advocates are trying to get such a requirement installed; in some jurisdictions, those statutes are being challenged. I've run across this issue from time to time over the years, sometimes in the course of enforcement, sometimes with parents who ask the question at the onset of proceedings. Inevitably, I advise people to decline to put college expenses into a Marital Settlement Agreement.