My ex-wife is requesting my GI Bill education allotment be used to pay for our oldest child’s college education.
While I certainly want to contribute, I was planning on using the GI Bill to pay for my college and help our other children who will need college assistance as well.
Can my GI Bill education allotment be used for my children’s college expenses?
I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Indiana divorce laws where I am licensed to practice.
While it can be requested that some or all of your GI Bill education allotment be used to pay your portion of your child’s college educational expenses, you will also be permitted to present evidence as to why your GI Bill education allotment should not be considered as a resource available to you which should be included in the court’s determination of contribution to your child’s college expenses.
The court will have discretion to consider the income of the parties as well as the resources available to them for payment of expenses. Since your child has made a request for contribution, you would be permitted to argue that your ex-wife should contribute.
Additionally, you could argue that your child should be required to contribute to his/her own school expenses.
You would further be permitted to argue that you have to obtain an education for yourself as well as to contribute to your other children’s college expenses. You could request this be considered when a determination of post-secondary education expenses is made.
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.