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Does child support cover school tuition fees and college costs?

When it comes to higher education, many Washington parents would like to get their children into the best possible school they can afford. Unfortunately, the cost of education has been rapidly increasing over the last decade. Education may be one of children's needs, together with everyday expenses, health care and other costs, but it often proves financially challenging for parents who are separated, divorced or never married.

In the event of separation or divorce, the noncustodial parent is usually required to pay monthly child support through a support order or divorce settlement. In the case of Metta World Peace, the professional basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest, the $8,000 per month child support he was supposed to be paying for his son has apparently proven too much. Recent reports have portrayed World Peace as a deadbeat father after the mother of his 13-year-old son filed a lawsuit against him.

The lawsuit alleges that the NBA veteran, most recently with the New York Knicks, agreed to pay his son's high school tuition at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn. At some point, however, World Peace reportedly stopped paying for his son's current enrollment as an eighth-grader at Poly Prep.

The woman is demanding that World Peace put $140,000 into an escrow account for his son's 4-year education at the school and to pay the child's college tuition and legal fees.

A child's school expenses, including tuition fees, may be covered by child support, particularly if the child is still a minor. When it comes to college expenses, a court may consider factors such as both parents' financial resources, the child's standard of living and academic performance. These factors may determine whether granting support modification is reasonable for the supporting parent and whether it would benefit the child.

Source: NY Daily News, "Ex-Knick Metta World Peace could face court battle over high-priced tuition for his son," Nathaniel Vinton, April 10, 2014

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