How to enforce a court order regarding my father paying my college tuition?

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How to enforce a court order regarding my father paying my college tuition?

In my parents divorce agreement it was decided that each parent would contribute the equivalent of half of the tuition of a local state school each towards paying my own college tuition. Now my father refuses to pay his half because of a falling out we had. Is the divorce agreement legally binding, and am I or my mother able to go into court to have it legally enforced?

Asked on October 21, 2012 under Family Law, New York

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The dissolution decree pertaining to you and college tutition is binding in your favor. I would write your father a note asking that he comply with the court order for payment of a portion of your tuition by a certain date. Keep a copy of the letter for future use and need.

If he fails to comply with your request, you will need to retain an attorney (most likely a family law attorney) to file a petition for an order to show cause regarding contempt of a court order against your father seeking that he pay what is due for tuition and the attorney's fees incurred in bringing the petition.


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