Parents who get divorced may need to give special consideration to expenses like their children’s educations as they seek support from their exes. In Florida and other states, courts take a number of factors into account when determining the validity of different kinds of support requests. In general, costs like private school tuition are typically funded using monies provided independently of basic child support.

The family court system may be predisposed to granting support requests for private school tuition when doing so might help children maintain the same lifestyles they experienced prior to divorce. For instance, having sent a child to private school in the past or living a wealthy lifestyle could raise the chances that courts would award additional support for future tuition costs. Similarly, religious guardians may win support awards to continue raising their children according to faith-based traditions by sending them to religious educational institutions.

Separation agreement terms that reference private school tuition can also have an effect on court awards. The same can be said of private discussions and informal agreements about a child’s academic future. In evaluating objections brought up by non-custodial parents who don’t want to pay support, courts may also consider factors like when such objections are broached and whether earlier private school conversations were hypothetical or understood to constitute actual plans.

Getting through a healthy divorce as a parent isn’t impossible, but it requires careful planning to protect the best interests of the child. Child support or alimony payments may not cover every single expense single parents run into, especially when their lifestyle changes introduce new living costs they weren’t prepared for. Working with an attorney may make it easier for people to plan ahead during the separation stages so that they can anticipate and avoid subsequent financial stress.