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Pamela T. v. Marc B.

Supreme Court of New York
930 N.Y.S.2d 857 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2011)


Facts

Pamela T. (plaintiff) and Marc B. (defendant) were married with two children. Pamela and Marc divorced. Pamela was awarded custody of their children. Pamela and Marc had similar annual salaries, each earning just over $100,000 per year. Pamela had approximately $1,200,000 in assets. Marc had approximately $600,000 in assets. Both Pamela and Marc attended private colleges. The couple’s older child was accepted into college at Syracuse University and the State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY). Syracuse, a private university, cost $53,000 per year. SUNY, a public university, cost $18,000 per year. The child decided that he wanted to attend Syracuse. Pamela sought an order requiring Marc to pay half of all of the child’s college expenses at Syracuse. Marc argued that, even though the child was attending Syracuse, Marc should only be required to pay half of the amount that it would cost to send the child to SUNY under the so-called “SUNY cap” that had been judicially created in New York.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Cooper, J.)

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