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Despite daughter’s poor grades, father still liable for college costs (access required)

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It’s bad enough when a child has to convince a parent that she is diligently applying herself to her college studies. It’s another thing entirely, though, when the North Carolina Court of Appeals is called on to make that determination. That’s what happened in a decision announced Aug. 6, in which Joseph Barker had refused to pay for his daughter Holly’s college tuition. In a separation agreement, Barker agreed to pay 90 percent of his children’s college expenses, “as long as they diligently applied themselves to the pursuit of education.” Barker had argued that Holly’s less-than-stellar grades had relieved him of that responsibility.

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