Divorce and Education Contributions

Divorce and Education Contributions

So I helped my spouse get his/her education, and now the relationship is over? When a spouse supports and contributes to the costs of educating the other spouse, it is typically done to improve the quality of life for the whole family. So what happens when the relationship ends in divorce before the improved quality of life that both spouses worked so hard for finally pays off? If you are getting a divorce in New Orleans or anywhere in Louisiana, you may have a solution under Louisiana Law. Louisiana Civil Code article 121 provides for a remedy for “financial contributions made during the marriage to education or training of (the educated) spouse that increased the spouse’s earning power, to the extent that the claimant (contributing spouse) did not benefit during the marriage from the increased earning power.” Therefore, the contributing spouse may be able to recover some of the costs associated with educating or training their spouse. For more information, please contact a lawyer.

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