“Aren’t I done paying support once my kid turns 18?!” is common sentiment among many parents who are paying child support. A recent case that has been making waves in the news involves a New Jersey teenager who sued her parents so they would be forced to pay for her college education. Each state treats a divorced or separated parent’s obligation to pay for his/her child’s college differently. In most states, child support ends once the child reaches the age of 18 and graduates from high school. Pennsylvania has adopted that same principle. In 1992, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that unless there is a written agreement between the parents to pay for college, parents have no obligation to financially support their child once they reach the age of 18 and have graduated from high school.
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