What Effect Does Children’s College Costs Have On Alimony in Arizona?
The Court does not have the authority to order either spouse to pay the expenses for a child to attend college after the child has turned eighteen (18) years old unless the parties agree in writing to do so. However, the Court may consider the spouse’s individual ability to pay voluntarily or refusal to pay for those expenses when awarding alimony in Arizona.
Many people neglect to address this issue when testifying at trial, so it is important to ensure questions are asked regarding each parent’s intentions concerning paying for future college expenses when dealing with the issue of alimony in Arizona.
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Chris Hildebrand wrote this article about the effect of children’s college costs on alimony in Arizona to ensure everyone has access to information about alimony laws in Arizona. Chris is a family law attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award. He believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through a divorce should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and actually caring about what his clients are going through.