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Who pays for childhood education after a divorce?

On Behalf of | Feb 18, 2020 | Child Support |

It is the responsibility of both legal parents to provide for a child’s necessities, such as education. How you would organize this for your case would depend on your circumstances. 

For most families, court orders provide official structure for payments. In Pennsylvania, as explained on FindLaw, basic educational expenses are part of the standard child support order. 

Basic expenses may be different for each family — they should come from your child’s unique needs. For example, you and your co-parent may both want to support your child in an education that requires special types of equipment, such as sports gear, musical instruments or scientific supplies. You could conceivably agree during your divorce process who would be responsible for these expenses, should they arise. 

Another major issue for which you might want to prepare would be college education. Pennsylvania law would not require you or your co-parents to support your child during college education. Instead, this could be something you agree upon outside of the standard court order. 

There are almost too many variables to list here. Educational expenses could include school trips, school supplies, private tutoring or any number of other items. Since education has a significant effect on your child’s unique future, it is rare that your needs would be completely satisfied by a standard child support agreement. 

In conclusion, please do not believe everything you read or hear about child support. Everyone has unique circumstances and situations that may make one strategy more advantageous than another. You deserve a solution designed and implemented specifically to address your needs and secure your family’s future.