Baker v. Baker
When ruling on an education support order, a court may consider: 1.) the parties' income, assets and obligations; 2.) the child's need for support; 3.) availability of financial aid; 4.) reasonableness of higher education considering the child's academic record; 5.) the child's preparation for and commitment to higher education; and 6.) information about particular schools that the child plans to attend. The parties separated, signed a separation contract and divorced in September 2009. The judgment of dissolution provided that the court would keep jurisdiction for the purposes of a future education support order, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes §46b-56c. The husband lost his job and he moved to Maryland. Currently, he earns more than $100,000 gross per year. His current wife is a homemaker, and his stepchild only works part-time, because she suffers from a cognitive disability. The defendant husband is willing to pay 25 percent of the adopted child's tuition at Lincoln College of New England, where the adopted child plans to earn a degree in mortuary science. The plaintiff wife earns minimum wage at Starbucks and helps the adopted child with room and board. The court ordered the defendant husband to pay 75 percent of the adopted child's college costs for the first year, second semester, and 100 percent for the second year. The court capped the education expenses at the amount that a State of Connecticut resident would pay to attend the University of Connecticut.