Separating parents can be obliged to provide financial support
to their adult children usually to the completion of first degree, but this is
subject to affordability.
It is a good idea to agree in the financial settlement which
parent will be responsible for supporting children at university if the
children have already reached the age where university is within sight or they
are already there when their parents separate. Sometimes both parents agree to make a financial contribution and agree to set up a joint account (where they are both joint signatories) purely for payment of their child's education.
In proceedings the judge may make a maintenance order to ensure adult
children are properly supported. However, the situation may not be so clear-cut
with younger children where the possibility of going to university is much
farther in the future and the cost of everything from tuition fees to
accommodation is more difficult to predict.
If you have any questions about payment of your child's education, you can telephone Kate Lovegrove direct on 01892 506 205 or 01732 224 025. Kate is an Associate Solicitor & Mediator in the family team and is based in our Tunbridge Wells and Kings Hill office.