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My husband was taken to court in June by his daughters mother to make him pay for her Masters degree college tuition. We went to court and the judge was inclined to deny the daughter's mothers request until she mentioned that the circumstances were the same as ross vs ross. We cannot find any info on this case for comparison. the judge stated that the ross vs ross was a unique case and needed time to review. we just received a letter stating to provide financial income in order for the judge to make a decision. we cannot afford to continue paying for the daughters college degree as we have 2 others who will be entering college and we have already paid for the daughters bachelors degree. we need to be clear on the laws in nj and we need a reasonable lwayer for atlantic county nj.

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The Ross v. Ross, 400 A.2d 1233 (NJ Superior Ct. 1979) is outlined below:

Plaintiff mother moved to compel defendant father to continue support payments until their child completed law school. The court found that the child was not considered emancipated until such time as her law school training ended, either through voluntary or involuntary withdrawal or upon graduation. Defendant's obligation to pay child support maintained through that law school period. The court also found that defendant's obligation for support, which normally would have continued right through the child's college graduation, was retroactive as to the time in which the child's law school training probably got under way.

The court held that defendant father was responsible to continue paying support payments to plaintiff mother for the law school education of their daughter until the law school training ended. The applied the order retroactively and held that the obligation started when the child's law school training got underway.

The relevant LEGAL THEORIES/RULES OF LAW from this case are:

1. There is no age fixed in the law when a child becomes emancipated.

2. The various factors that have to be considered in determining whether or not child support should be continued are the amount of support or school cost sought; the ability of the noncustodial parent to pay that cost, and its relation to the type of schooling sought; the financial position of the custodial parent; the commitment and aptitude of the child to the schooling in question; the child's relationship to the noncustodial paying parent; the relationship of the schooling in question to any prior training and, generally, the relationship to the overall, long-range goals of the child.

This is the standard that the other side is likely arguing as to why support should be continued.
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