Massachusetts Divorce Cases / College Education
On this page we are compiling links to the full text of important Massachusetts Appellate Cases on Family Law and Divorce decided by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
These cases are for educational purpose only and should not be used for any official or legal purpose. Please consult official reports. Below you will be able to search for Massachusetts Appeals Court Slip Opinions and Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Slip Opinions relating to College Education & Divorce.
College Education & Divorce Cases in Massachusetts
Fried v. Fried, 5 mass. App. Ct. 660 (1977):
Lang v. Koon, 61 Mass. App. Ct. 22 (2004): A judge erred by ordering future college expenses where there were no special circumstances to justify the order.
Mandel v. Mandel, 74 Mass. App. Ct. 348 (2009): The court found that in the absence of a mutually agreed-upon choice of college and plan for payment, the parties’ agreement reflected their commitment to each pay fifty percent of their daughter’s reasonable college expenses. The court remanded to determine the amount of reasonable college expenses.
McCarthy v. McCarthy, 36 Mass. App. Ct. 490 (1994): The parties’ separation agreement survived the judgment of divorce and had independent legal significance, and there was no provision regarding college education. As such, there was no significant change in circumstances to justify a modification of the parties’ agreement to order the husband to pay for college educational expenses.
Purdy v. Colangelo, 61 Mass. App. Ct. 362 (2004): When a separation agreement is silent as to college education, a party may not seek a judicial modification of the agreement for college contribution after the child graduates, unless there are exceptional circumstances.