Iowa Supreme Court rules that parent's financial standings should be considered in college payments
Des Moines, Iowa: The Iowa Supreme Court recently partial overturned a Dubuque County district court ruling, establishing that a parent's financial situation can be used to establish what they owe with regard to covering their child's college education expenses. The district court ruled that, under Iowa law, Philip Vaughan had to pay one-third of his daughter's education expenses at the state University. Vaughan was divorced from the girl's mother and argued that he was not obligated to pay child support after his daughter had turned 18 and that he could not afford the expenses. The Iowa Court of Appeals upheld the ruling. The Supreme Court altered the decision, requiring Vaughan to pay only $150 each month, nearly $500 less than the district court required, holding that the court had to account for Vaughan's expenses.