I pay child support and will continue to do so while my child is in college, according to my state’s child support laws.
Does the child support get used for room and board at college or must I provide for those costs in addition to the child support?
I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on New York divorce laws where I am licensed to practice.
Courts will generally consider affording the child support payor a dollar-for-dollar credit (i.e. reduction) toward his or her child support payments for payments he or she made toward the child’s room and board at college.
“Room and board” typically encompasses payments made toward the child’s dormitory (or off-campus housing) costs and meal plan costs.
It is helpful, if not necessary, to make such payments directly to the college, if your child is residing on campus, or to his or her landlord, if the child is residing off-campus.
Generally, any credit afforded is calculated by averaging the total amount paid toward the room and board over a 9- or 12-month period, thereby reducing the payor’s monthly child support obligation for that 9- or 12-month period.
Finally, it is important to keep in mind the language and terms of any settlement agreement that you may have entered into with respect to child support, as many times such agreements will specifically address this issue.
Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with divorce lawyers for men in your jurisdiction.