There are many different issues that can arise between divorced or separated
parents when it comes to financial support of their child. One of these
issues is: who will pay for the child's educational expenses? The
famous basketball player Metta World Peace (who previously went by the
name Ron Artest) is currently in a legal dispute involving educational expenses.
Until recently, Metta World Peace was a member of the New York Knicks.
His time with the team ended in February, when the team opted to waive him.
Metta World Peace has a 13-year-old son. The dispute regards the tuition
costs of the school that the boy attends.
The boy's mother claims that Metta World Peace made a verbal agreement
to cover the boy's tuition at the school for all of his high school
years. She claims that Metta World Peace has since become evasive about
following through on this agreement.
In relation to these allegations, the boy's mother has brought a lawsuit
asking a court to require Metta World Peace to pay $140,000 to cover the
upcoming four years of tuition. She has also made requests regarding legal
fees and the boy's future college tuition in this lawsuit.
It will be interesting to see what ultimately occurs in this family law case.
One thing divorced or separated parents here in Arizona may find helpful
when it comes to the issue of the educational expenses of their child
is having a written agreement in place that clearly sets out who is responsible
for paying what in regards to these expenses. Such agreements can increase
predictability and enforceability when it comes to this issue.
Family law attorneys can help with the drafting and negotiations regarding such agreements.
Source: New York Daily News, "Ex-Knick Metta World Peace could face court battle over high-priced tuition
for his son," Nathaniel Vinton, April 10, 2014