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