Law Office of Jacqueline McNuttLaw Office of Jacqueline McNutt

Your Family Is Our Focus


view our Practice areas

Divorce and child support: how is college affected?

Saving for a child's college tuition needs is a goal that many families have. Unless certain planning steps are taken, sometimes, those funds are put into the general family savings pot. During a divorce, other financial needs may take precedence. In Texas, college funding may become part of the general child support conversation, and the parents will decide how to plan for the future. 

In the aftermath of the divorce, each party will need to adjust their financial situation. Marital property will be divided among the two, and each parent will need to participate in the discussion about how to take care of the children. When two households are being supported instead of just one, one's plans about which college that child may attend might have to be adjusted. Public schools and scholarship programs may become the preferred plan since basic housing and other needs must first be met. 

Some families start a 529 college savings plan. These funds can be accumulated tax-free as long as they are used for qualifying educational needs. Since 529 savings funds are already earmarked for college, they may be less likely to be divided during a divorce. 

Depending on an individual's financial situation and background, he or she may work with the co-parent to determine a child support plan that will include college and possibly graduate school. In Texas, some individuals may need to look outside the family for more guidance on this issue. A knowledgeable family law attorney can offer help determining the plan that meets your child's best interests. 

Source: CNBC, "How to keep your divorce from sabotaging your children's college education", Lorie Konish, May 18, 2018

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For a Response

Let Us Help You

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

San Marcos Office
1712 N IH 35
San Marcos, TX 78666

Phone: 512-212-4840
Fax: 512-727-0165
Map & Directions

Lockhart Office
1013 W San Antonio Street
Lockhart, TX 78644

Map & Directions

  • Pay Bills
  • LAWPAY Credit card processing
  • Visa MasterCard