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South Carolina Supreme Court Rules that Father Must Pay Child Support for College Education

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Generally speaking, when a divorce occurs and the non-custodial parent is ordered to pay child support, that child support obligation continues until the child reaches the age of adulthood.  However, there has not usually been a requirement for a parent to pay for a college education.  That could be changing in South Carolina, as the Supreme Court there has recently ruled that a non-custodial father must pay child support to help pay for a child’s college education.

The court stated that the father must pay this child support because the state has a compelling interest in alleviating the disadvantages of children of divorce.  The case concerned a mother who was working hard simply to get by and raising two children, and the non-custodial father was earning more than $200,000 per year.  The child support case made its way through the court system until the Supreme Court made its decision, and this decision reversed its own opinion on a similar issue from 2010.

The decision has already created a ripple effect on family lawyers in South Carolina, as this could open up the possibility that other parents could be required to pay child support for children who choose to continue with their education in college.  To date, that has not been the case and the decision is prompting strong opinions on both sides of this issue.

San Diego Child Support Lawyers

Clearly, any issue that revolves around child support is one that can become extremely complicated at almost any time.  Therefore, fathers who face this issue need to be sure that they are doing everything they can to ensure that their legal rights are properly protected and that the interests of their children are properly served.

If you are a father and you’re facing the possibility of some sort of battle with regards to child support, you need to seek the help of San Diego child support lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of fathers for many years.  Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.