Hacker v. Hacker – Case Brief Summary (New York)

In Hacker v. Hacker, 137 Misc 2d 819, 522 N.Y.S.2d 768 (Sup. Ct. New York County 1987), the court reviewed a separation agreement which similarly tied the definition of "emancipation" to the child's pursuit of a "college education."

In denying the plaintiff's motion to punish the defendant father for contempt for his failure to provide child support during the child's attendance at a professional acting school, the court found that such a program was not the equivalent of a "college education."

The court noted that the definitions of "college" contained in Black's Law Dictionary and the Random House American College Dictionary, relied upon by the plaintiff therein, excluded schools related to "technical arts or those studies preparatory to admission to the professions." Id. at 822.