Post-Secondary Educational Expenses is NOT Limited to Undergraduate Education

Case: In Re the Marriage of: David P. Allen v. Kimberly W. Allen (mem. dec.)
by Mike Kohlhaas, Bingham Greenebaum Doll

This is an unreported, memorandum decision. It is notable, however, because this panel of the Court of Appeals concluded that the statutory authority of a trial court to enter an order for “post-secondary educational expenses” is NOT limited to an undergraduate education. Specifically, here, the Court of Appeals rejected a mother’s argument that the trial court had no authority to issue an order for payment of the child’s graduate dental school expenses. In a footnote, the opinion suggests that an order for graduate school expenses should not be “routinely entered,” and that this case was unusual due to the significant net worth of the parents.

To view the text of this opinion in its entirety, click here: In Re the Marriage of: David P. Allen v. Kimberly W. Allen (mem. dec.)



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