With many children having commenced or re-commenced University last month, there will have been discussions (or negotiations!) taking place between parents and their child regarding the level of financial support that will be provided to him/her whilst attending University.

In short, in Scotland, there is a statutory obligation on parents to financially support their child between the ages of 18 and 25 if they are “reasonably and appropriately undergoing instruction at an educational establishment, or training for employment or for a trade, profession or vocation.”

There is no stipulated amount that a parent is to pay to their child by way of financial support. The level of support is to be reasonable in the circumstances and each case is determined on its own merits. In calculating the amount to be paid, it is necessary to look at the needs and resources of the child and the parents, the earning capacities of all involved, and the general circumstances of the case.

The vast majority of parents will agree with their child as to the level of financial support to be provided during University education but, for a very small number of cases where agreement cannot be reached, matters can ultimately end up before a court for matters to be determined. Such cases are however few and far between.