How to Keep a Non-Custodial Parent out of the Financial Aid Process Legally?
October 24, 2011 3:13 AM Subscribe
One of my 3 kids is applying for early decision to college and I have a financial aid question about having her non-custodial dad be part of the process.
posted by kinetic to Education (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We've already filled out the college board form, but there's a section for the non-custodial parent (her dad). If it matters, we have joint legal custody (but I have just filed to change that to sole custody). He pays the state minimum in child support and has not contributed to our eldest daughter's college at all...he just ignored the bill so I paid it.
The concern I have is that he's already said he will not contribute to college, period, so I don't want any of his income used in calculating possible aid for her.
How do I work with the financial aid office to let them know that we'd like him out of the loop?
Another concern is that knowing him as I do, if we're told that he has to fill out the forms, he won't, and then she's screwed. He's been a hands-off dad for over 6 years, despite living down the road, and hasn't seen his kids in that time.
What's the best, legal way to address this?