Brick, NJ asked in Family Law and Child Support for New Jersey

Q: Do I have to keep paying for child support while my child is in college she live on campus. I am paying 50% of college

The mother want child support while I pay for my part of college, I pay for clothes, food, I bought my child a car. I don't care about paying for my kid education or expenses. I am just sick of giving money to my degenerate ex spouse that use the money to pay for helsef, party, drink and drugs

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Michael A. Conte

Answered
  • Pennington, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: This is not the type of question that can be answered adequately in this type of focus. The general answer is that the child is not emancipated if (s)he is a full-time college student, so you have a continuing obligation to pay child support to the parent of primary residence. It is unclear from your question whether you have a legal obligation, however, to pay 50% of her college expenses. The obligation pay college expenses is like child support, but not the same. There needs to be an order, agreement, or judgment providing that you pay a portion of those expenses, before you have that legal obligation. There is interplay between the obligation to pay child support and college expenses. Therefore, it is not clear whether your payment of 50% of the college expenses basically satisfies your child support obligation, or if you have a justifiable child support obligation above paying those costs. You would be best served to bring the specific facts of your case to a qualified family law attorney. Provided with an understanding of your income and assets, the other parent's income and assets, and the child's income and assets (if any), an attorney can advise you of what they believe is a fair obligation based on those facts, and advise you how to have that obligation reduced to an order.

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