The courts in Ohio would probably not specifically require you to pay for your child’s education in college after your divorce. This may be due to various factors, such as the fact that college is not a required step in education and that it often happens after the age of emancipation.
As for what you should do, as explained on FindLaw, the right agreement for college education post-divorce often depends on the circumstances. The rest of this article will look at some common issues and some solutions divorcing couples might use in their contracts.
In general, it could be a good idea for you to agree with your co-parent during the divorce process rather than addressing this issue when it arises. Preparation could even benefit you if your children are young, especially if you and your ex were starting a college fund already.
College education expenses inherently involve some amount of uncertainty, especially for young children. Therefore, in order to reach a fair agreement, you may want to decide on a school that your children may want to attend.
For example, if you went to Ohio State and you believe that your child may want to be a legacy there, you might agree to pay your part for tuition there, or for an equivalent expense elsewhere. This would allow your child to explore options in higher education while still receiving support from you.
In general, it is usually most advantageous to think about these types of long-term goals. There are various well-established methods of keeping your money safe for the purpose of higher education. Rather than thinking about the financial details, you may want to focus on reaching a workable agreement with your soon-to-be-ex.