Divorce laws, from spousal support to child custody, can vary from state to state and case to case. So, what happens when your child turns 18 and goes off to college? Who will pay for their college tuition?
Usually, the parent who has been paying the child custody since you got divorced will pay for the tuition - or, at least, what is left of the tuition and other payments. Most college kids get loans, grants, and scholarships now, which help a lot. Depending on what the other parent's quality of life is now, they may be required to help out with college costs, too. So, if one parent worked a lot, and the other was a stay-at-home parent who has had a job since the divorce, they may both contribute to college costs.
College tuition guidelines for divorced parents can also vary from college to college. Some may not mind how you split the tuition, but others might want a more proportionate split between the parents.
For more information about child custody, click California Child Support Payments.