Sunday, June 19, 2016
CHRISTINE AVELINO-CATABRAN VS. JOSEPH A. CATABRAN A-4973-13T4
CHRISTINE AVELINO-CATABRAN VS. JOSEPH A. CATABRAN
In this post-judgment dissolution matter, we hold that, absent changed circumstances, where parents' matrimonial settlement agreement clearly provides that they will share their children's college costs equally, a court need not apply the factors set forth in Newburgh v Arrigo, 88 N.J. 529, 545 (1982), to determine whether a parent should contribute to a child's college costs and the extent of the contribution. In addition, where a child is required to seek financial aid to help reduce
the costs associated with college, that obligation does not include re-paying a Federal Direct PLUS Loan (PLUS Loan) secured by a parent to satisfy the parent's obligation under the agreement.