Planning for your child’s college education during a divorce is important to many people. Parents can have different opinions about education regardless of their marital status, so it is especially important to develop a plan when divorcing.
The following are three steps that are recommended during and after your divorce to help your child reach his or her college education goals:
1. Consult with an experienced family attorney
An experienced family law attorney can help you develop a college support plan for your child that is realistic.
2. Plan ahead
Include your child’s college support per parent in your final divorce agreement. Even if your child is young at the time of your divorce, it is still essential to include this information in your agreement.
3. Research schools with your child keeping your agreement in mind
When researching and visiting potential schools for your child, review your agreement to ensure that your financial agreements can be met. If your agreement does not contain specific provisions for payment, you may need to negotiate with your ex-spouse to determine a specific plan.
To ensure that that your child’s educational goals are reached, working with an experienced family law professional who can guide you is invaluable.