I pay child support through a wage garnishment, but I also am required to pay half of my child’s college expenses.
Will the wage garnishment be applied to the college costs once my child goes to school or will I have to pay both child support and these expenses even though she will be living on campus and not with my ex-wife?
I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Missouri child support laws where I am licensed to practice.
It would depend on the language of your divorce decree.
If there were language included concerning the abatement of child support if your child chose to attend college and did not live at home with mom then you would not have to pay child support while he/he was away at college.
If no such language were included, then you should file a Motion to Modify Child Support.
It’s not likely that the judge will terminate child support completely but the court may choose to abate child support while your child is living on campus, and thus you would only pay in the summer months when/if your child moves back home with the custodial parent.
The judge may also take into consideration the amount you are paying toward your child’s education and lower your monthly child support amount or require that you pay your monthly child support directly to your child rather than your ex-wife.
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Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.