Children receive less support in college

Among the variety of effects divorce can have on a family, a new study found that the children of divorced parents are likely to receive less financial support during college, even if both their parents remarry.

The study, published in the Journal of Family Issues, found that parents who stay married typically meet about 77 percent of their child’s college tuition costs, compared to 42 percent among divorced couples. In addition, married parents also contribute about 8 percent of their income to their son or daughters college expenses while their divorced counterparts give 6 percent.

“The cost burden of higher education is shifted to the student in families with divorced or remarried parents,” Ruth Lopez Turley, the lead author of the study, told the Wall Street Journal.

Turley added the remarried parents often have different obligations, such as supporting stepchildren, that can eat into what they could contribute to their child’s college fund.

Kids who manage to complete their education even without considerable financial support may find that it can influence their own personal life for the better. A report from the Pew Research Center found that couples with a college education are less likely to divorce compared to those without a degree.