Private School tuition for the kids after a divorce

Your little cutie petuties deserve the very best, huh? I agree. Wholeheartedly. But if that is going to mean that you want the court to force daddy to foot the bill for montessori pre-school, private elementary and high school, and the most elite college you can bribe your way into, think again. I don’t know about other states, but in New York, the court generally will not order a divorcing parent to foot the bill for private school.
I mean, if the children were in private school all along, and the parental means are such that private school is no big whoop, then yes. You can probably persuade the court that it would be in the children’s best interest to continue with private school rather than jerk them out just because daddy has found another love interest and wants out of the marriage. And if daddy is from a long line of relatives who also attended private school, I think the argument that he should pay for the children’s private school tuition is bolstered.
But don’t bet on it if you are not in an exceptional high net worth situation. Especailly if the children were not attending private school during the marriage. Not without a written agreement. The way to get that is to bargain. Give something, get something. If you took the matter to trial, the court may order that you both split the costs of the private school education. Otherwise, I am sorry to inform you that your cutie petuties are probably going to go to public school.
But don’t faint. Depending on where you live, some of the public schools may have a stronger curriculum than some of the private institutions. You just have to shop around and have an open mind.
Hey, don’t shoot the messenger. I’m just trying to give you the low down.