Thanks yes I have heard that about Massachusetts but the new guidelines in 2013 and confirmed my attorney, is it depends on the cost of the college the child chooses, the child support can be drastically reduced or eliminated. I have actually pasted the language below.
In Massachusetts, the new child support guidelines state the In establishing support orders for children over age 18, to the extent permitted by law, the Court shall exercise its discretion in ordering support and/or college contribution. The Court shall consider the reason for the continued residence with and dependence on the Recipient, the child's academic circumstances, living situation, the available resources of the parents, the costs of post-secondary education for the child, the availability of financial aid and the allocation of those costs, if any,between the parents. Contribution to college costs is not presumptive, but is based upon the above
factors. If a specific college contribution is ordered, this contribution shall be considered by the Court in setting the weekly support order, if any.
One thing I am familar with is the courts prefer the parents come to a mutual agreement together not what the guidelines say as long as it is not too far off and I am stating I believe we will come to a joint agreement. I just don't know how to handle the documents we draft on our joint legal agreement that we agree to.
For example child support is $15K per year and half of a state tuition is $15K per year, then total per year is $30K. If ex wife, says child wants to go to a 60K per year college, so just give me $30K per year toward it and forget child support and that is what I agree to. (combine the child support and college together), do i have to change the child support documents to reflect this? My child is looking at 60K per year colleges not in state benchmark costs. Not that I agreed to that as I did not. Child actually refused to look at any in state public colleges even though our Divorce agrements state both parties have to "agree on a mutually affordable college".
Or do I just continuing paying $15K per year toward child support and then give her the extra $15K toward college?
I think this is vague as what I may consider not affordable my ex might consider affordable. I certainly don't think 60K is affordable...