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Family Law

Noncustodial parents not responsible for college costs of adult children, court says

Oct 7, 2013, 07:41 pm CDT


Am I to understand that, in Alabama, parents are legally obliged to pay for their chldren's college education!?! What about children who are not college bound? Are parents required to provide six figures in seed money to start a business for each child?

By W.R.T. on 2013 10 07, 8:12 pm CDT

This day and time every child needs college education to be able to get a decent job. I don't agree with the ruling!! I don't think the non custodial parent should have to pay for all of the tuition, but they should be legally obligated to pay part. They should have to pay part of the college and learn to be responsible, but at the same time, a 21 year old kid ( person) should not have to start their life in debt from college!!!!!

By Betsy on 2013 10 09, 12:30 pm CDT


"I’m just not sure that making it a legal requirement is the “right” thing to do. If you’re mature enough to go to college, you should be mature enough to beg your parents for money without the threat of state action backing you up.

I think it’s great for parents to help out with college tuition for their children… but they can’t be legally required to do so. Otherwise, when does it stop?" TOTALLY AGREED

Married couples aren't forced to do such a thing ... so Betsy, I agree to disagree and agree whole hardheartedly with the ruling

Its unconstitutional!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By chris on 2013 10 09, 8:10 pm CDT

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