On October 30, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court affirmed a trial judge’s ruling that a divorced parent must pay more than $40,000 in college expenses for his daughter over the parent’s objection that, as a "self-made man", he did not believe college was for everyone and that his daughter was not academically suited for college.

While the ruling stands in the mainstream of New Jersey law with respect to the responsibilities of divorced parents toward their children’s undergraduate college or vocational school expenses, it should be noted that each such case involves a variety of factors utilized by attorneys and the courts. In more rare cases, courts have found that a divorced parent can even be held responsible for his or her child’s post-graduate or professional school expenses.

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