Beliefs regarding nonresidential parents' obligation to assist with college expenses were examined using a factorial vignette design with a random sample of 407 participants. Obligations to assist continue providing child support for children beyond the age of majority were contingent upon children attending college. However, only 52% of respondents believed that the nonresidential parent should continue paying child support for children in college. Differing obligation beliefs were largely rooted in divergent childrearing philosophies. This suggests that college support laws may interfere with what the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly asserted is a fundamental parental right to direct children's upbringing, including education, without undue governmental interference.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Journal of Divorce and Remarriage|
|State||Published - 2008|
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3. How much financial support does the child need?
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- Child support
- College tuition
- Family law
- Nonresidential parents
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