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If you know families like that in real life (and I do) it is beyond sad. Heading an estrangement off at the pass is easier than repairing the broken bridge.
Today seems to be my day as factchecker . In NJ at least, parents who are divorced can have the decision whether and how much to fund a college education taken over by the court.
In a very few cases, parents can be court ordered to pay SOME college expenses for instate in NJ. Part of this thread was that the student was at an OOS school so even if they are from NJ, no one is going to order them to pay OOS tuition.
In New Jersey the duty to pay for a child's college expenses extends beyond college, to graduate and professional school. In the case of Ross v. Ross, 167 N.J. Super. 491 (Ch. Div. 1979), the court held that a parent has a responsibility to pay for a child's graduate and/or professional school. In the Ross case, the court found a 23-year daughter not to be emancipated until her law school training ended and required the father to continue to pay child support for her.
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