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Paying for private school using child support

On Behalf of | Jun 13, 2016 | Child Support

For some Ohio parents, sending their children to a private school is a must in order to provide them with the best education possible. However, paying for private school as a single parent can be very difficult due to the cost. If the child lives with one parent following a divorce or separation, the custodial parent may be able to seek additional funds from the non-custodial parent in order to help with these costs.

There are a couple of factors that the court will use to determine if additional child for private school should be ordered. One will be whether or not the child is already attending a private school. Additionally, if it was agreed that the child would attend private school while the marriage was still intact, it may be likely that the court will order a non-custodial parent to continue to pay a portion of the private school tuition.

In general, the court is more likely to order child support for the tuition if the family enjoyed an affluent lifestyle while the marriage was intact. Additionally, the child support order is also more likely to be given if the child is attending a parochial school and if religion is central to the child’s life.

Child support payments can be used by the custodial parent to assist with housing for the child, transportation, clothing and even school needs. If the non-custodial parent does not want to provide additional funds to keep the child in their school, an attorney may provide documentation that shows that the child has been attending the school for some time or that the non-custodial parent had no problem with the child attending the school while the couple was still together.