Hardy v. Hardy
A court can order the parties to divide equally the private college costs of the parties' child, even if the husband was not included in the decision making process and believes that the child should attend a community college. In or about 2009, the parties signed a separation contract that provided, "The parties shall equally share in the costs for the college application fees, and shall cooperate in assisting with the children's applications for financial and student loans by providing information as required." The court granted a dissolution of marriage in March 2009 and kept jurisdiction, for the purposes of future educational support, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes §46b-56c. The minor child elected to attend a private college in Massachusetts, Anna Maria College. The minor child's $9,000 scholarship did not cover tuition and room and board costs, and she obtained a student loan. The wife requested that the husband contribute to the minor child's tuition, room and board. The husband objected that the wife and minor child did not include the husband in the decision making process and that the minor child should attend a community college. The court found that the wife informed the husband that she and the minor child intended to visit colleges and that the husband had the opportunity to request information sooner. The court rejected the husband's claims that he is financially unable to contribute. The husband, who retired from his work as a municipal police officer, currently works for the State of Connecticut as a police officer. He receives approximately $2,000 net per week from the state and municipality. The wife, who works as a project administrator, earns about $775 net per week. The court ordered the parties to divide equally college costs of the parties' child.