When it came time to pay for this New Jersey child's college expenses, the father claimed estrangement as justification for non-payment. But the New Jersey divorce judge ruled that all three parties [mother, father and son] were responsible for the deterioration of the relationship.Agos v. Camuso, New Jersey App. Div., July 27, 2012
The New Jersey divorce judge acted properly in using most of the funds available for equitable distribution to set up a college fund for the children, even though it meant the lawyers might not get paid.
Under New Jersey family law principles, a child is not precluded from asking the Court to order his divorced parents to contribute to her/his college expenses, regardless of the parents' New Jersey divorce agreement's terms and conditions.Farzan v. Farzan, New Jersey App. Div., November 3, 2011
When New Jersey divorced parents are ordered to pay for a child's college expenses, they may be liable for not only for tuition, housing, books and computer costs, but also for transportation (including automobile, gasoline, parking and travel expenses), furniture (such as lamps, shelves, or dorm set-up and small appliances), clothing, luggage, linens and bedding, haircuts, telephone, supplies (like paper, pens, markers or calculators), sundries (such as cleaning supplies, laundry detergent), toiletries (soap, shampoo and other personal hygiene necessaries), insurance (automobile, health and personal property), costs of college events and organizations, entertainment (including school breaks and vacations), and spending money. This list is not exhaustive and likely would be expanded if a child lived in an off-campus apartment.Kelly v. Kelly, New Jersey App. Div., September 28, 2011