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How a divorce can affect your child’s education

Filing for divorce in Florida is never easy. And the more assets you have, the more complicated it becomes. Many people put off their divorce for months or even years because they don’t want to deal with the issue of property division. But the quicker you get it settled, the better. And if your children’s education is called into question, it’s even more important that you negotiate an agreement.

What happens if you can’t agree on your child’s education?

If you’re in the middle of a high-asset divorce, there’s a good chance that your child might be attending private school. Private school tuition can skyrocket to over $60,000 a year. When you were married, your combined incomes might have been enough to pay for it. Or maybe your spouse was paying for it, and they don’t want to pay for it anymore now that you’re getting divorced. Either way, your children’s education might be on the rocks.

Private school is expensive, but it also has certain advantages. Children who attend one typically get more personal attention and enjoy a high-quality education. In addition, if your children suddenly have to attend public school, they’ll be taken from a familiar environment and forced to adjust to a totally new school system. They might also find it difficult to make friends in a new area.

For this reason, it’s important for you and your spouse to negotiate an agreement as soon as possible. In some cases, your spouse might agree to pay for the tuition if you cover other expenses. In others, you might be able to split the cost. Either way, you’ll have to work together to do what’s best for your child.

If you need help filing for divorce, consider hiring an attorney. Your attorney may assist in matters of child support, child custody and property division.