New Legislation proposed to help end the “Age of Entitlement”

Assemblyman Christopher J. Brown / 609-654-1498
Assembly Republican Press Office / 609-847-3400

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 14, 2014

Brown: Parents Should Have Fundamental Right
to Decide College Path, Expenses for Children
TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Christopher J. Brown today announced that he would be introducing legislation protecting the fundamental rights of parents to determine the best educational opportunity for their children. The announcement follows a judge’s decision to force parents to pay for out-of-state college tuition for their estranged daughter.
“This is a disturbing intrusion of government into private lives,” said Brown, R – Burlington, Camden and Atlantic. “Removing the parents from the decision-making process sets a bad precedent. Children can unilaterally decide where they want to go to college, and the courts will force the parents to pay the bills. How can you defend that?”
The Washington Post wrote about the recent case involving parents from New Jersey, and their estranged daughter. The girl, residing at the home of her paternal grandparents, took her parents to court for out-of-state tuition to Temple University. The judge cited a landmark 1982 case, when the State Supreme Court ruled divorced parents are responsible for providing for their child’s college education.
The legislation would ensure divorced parents have the right to refuse to pay higher education tuition when both of the divorced parties are in agreement on the matter.
“If the law gives the judge no choice but over-ride parental authority, then we need to change the law,” said Brown. “This legislation will allow parents to more independently determine their financial responsibility for their child’s educational experience, based on the family’s best interests instead of a judge’s ruling.”

“We all should be very concerned when government and the courts assume control over our lives, determining how much money we will pay, and how and where we will spend that money,” Brown continued

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9 thoughts on “New Legislation proposed to help end the “Age of Entitlement”

  1. A good start, but doesn’t go far enough. Divorced or unmarried parents are treated as a different class from married parents in NJ when it comes to college expenses – this is unconstitutional. NJ needs to enact legislation that automatically emancipates a minor at the later of turning 18 or graduation from high school. Write to your legislators and encourage them to adopt this law – public opinion is clearly on its side.

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  2. It’s absurd that an adult can sue another adult for college contribution, period. The NJ laws are twisted and grotesque. Judges should never get to decide who gives a GIFT of college contribution to his/her child. EVER. How is that constitutional? Also, why are divorced parents treated any differently than married parents on this issue? If the parents had stayed together and this “child” was behaving this way, there’d be no “gift” for college and there wouldn’t be a court around who’d make either one of them pay for her…so why is this fair to require a divorced parent to pay?! The whole thing is absurd. This needs to be taken to the Supreme Court.

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    • when these kind of decisions are made by the courts, entitlement becomes enablement and the child will remain a leach to their parents and judges will just keep feeding these leaches–but in due time there s an election to recon with–perhaps this judge lost out with his/her parents paying his /her way through out-of-state tuition or even just paying period–resentment will follow you and someday catch up to you–there’s always a pay day– this girl’s pay day will one day find her. i may not disown my suing child but they would become a thorn in one’s side–HOW DO SUE(DEMAND) OF YOUR PARENTS FOR SOMETHING–this or any parent suing child will one get it back “in your face”

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    • This is exactly why we will be writing a bill to change this unconstitutional precedent. Married parents are treated differently than divorced parents. This is a blatant violation of the 14th amendment and the Equal Protection Clause. It’s why that exact precedent had been overturned in EVERY STATE SUPREME COURT except 7 states, including New Jersey. This “law” won’t exist for much longer.

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      • What happens to cases with rulings prior to an overturning of this absurd law? Any grandfathering? Or could you then appeal the judge’s (unfair) ruling?

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      • I have reviewed the Bill and it only helps if both parents are in agreement. It does not however, address the constitutionality that Parents control the education of a child, not the courts. Maura, please reach out to me when you get a chance. You have my number.

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  3. The issue goes much deeper. No, a child should not be entitled to sue a parent(s) for child support, especially when parents are in agreement on the matter. But higher education needs to be more accessible and affordable so students can sustain themselves in the college years without racking up so much debt. You mentioned in your last post Maura that you had to as a single mom take out 40k in loans. That shouldn’t happen. No person should have to burden themselves with so much debt to better their lives. A little debt is good and holds students accountable but not so much where you have to sacrifice years to pay it off. We need to reform the entire education system and lower tuition rates, increase student grants and rid the country of private colleges. I came to Canada to further my education because it cost me less at the international tuition rate than in-state domestic tuition. I shouldn’t have to leave my country to get a better education, you shouldn’t be getting sued by your daughter and we as a country should not be saddling our students with so much debt. The NJ law reform is a step in the right direction for NJ but we have to look at the bigger picture and make getting an education more cost effective for all.

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