For example there are restrictions on orders in effect prior to 2002, so for the older children that can be an issue. However, for orders entered after 2002, the court may order separated/divorced parents to provide educational support (4 years of college) through age 23 IF the court finds that the parents would have provided tuition had they remained together:
After finding that the parents would have provided educational support had the family remained intact, the act requires courts to consider all relevant circumstances. These include:
1. the parents' income, assets, and other obligations, including obligations to other dependents;
2. the child's need for support to attend school, taking into account his own assets and earning capacity;
3. the availability of financial aid from other sources, including grants and loans;
4. the reasonableness of the higher education to be funded, considering the child's academic record and the financial resources available;
5. the child's preparation and aptitude for, and commitment to, higher education; and
6. any evidence about the school the child would attend.
There are limitations on the amount (capped at what UConn charges).
If the child does not attend college at least 1/2 time, then support ends when the child is 18 or graduates from high school (with a cap of age 19 for high school students).