Under North Carolina law, college tuition and expenses are not something that a
Court can make a parent pay on behalf of the child. They simply are not available
in a child support case. However, where the parents agree to pay college tuition
and expenses in a proper written document, then that agreement is enforceable as a
contract, or, if incorporated into a Divorce Judgment, then it is enforceable as an
Order of the Court via the Court’s contempt power.
You should talk with an experienced family law practitioner about any issues
related to college expenses before you sign or agree to anything. Contact Lee Allen
at 252-321-2020 to discuss your child support questions.