This situation does not generally happen in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania child support law does not impose a duty of child support for college expenses without specific language in the comprehensive divorce property settlement agreement (sometimes also called a postnuptual agreement or equitable distribution agreement). Not so in New Jersey, where the child has the right to bring this type of support litigation against the parents.
This cautionary tale underscores the interplay of divorce law, child custody law, child support law and property distribution law. It also underscores the ripple effects of unintended consequences.
If you are in a situation where you may be facing a divorce or child custody situation, it is critically important that you talk with an experienced family law attorney. At Amori & Associates, LLC, the experienced family law attorneys Victoria A. Strunk and Robert A. Saurman would be happy to discuss your situation. Please contact Amori & Associates at (570) 421-1406 for a no obligation consultation.