Divorce: Who Pays for Education and How to Afford It

You think Junior should go to public school, and your ex wants him to go to a pricey private school instead. Who pays? How do you decide? Buckle up, because these discussions could get bumpy.

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Divorcing couples often say that the list of disagreements to resolve seems like it never ends. Some couples wage war over everything … but hashing out the finances of educational matters is one of the conflicts that can get surprisingly ugly.

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Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFA®, CES™
President & CEO, Francis Financial Inc.

Stacy is a nationally recognized financial expert and the President and CEO of Francis Financial Inc., which she founded 15 years ago. She is a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®) who provides advice to women going through transitions, such as divorce, widowhood and sudden wealth. She is also the founder of Savvy Ladies™, a nonprofit that has provided free personal finance education and resources to over 15,000 women.