A 1L in law school learns the power of contract law. It's the foundation of American capitalism. Without it, people couldn't enter commercial agreements with some assurance that the terms and conditions will be adhered to.
So, James Livingston shouldn't be surprised that the appellate panel of the New Jersey Superior Court decided that he must honor the divorce agreement to pay half his daughter's law school tuition at Cornell. That totals about $112,500. Here you can read the coverage by Karen Sloan in The National Law Journal.
It was irrelevant, the two-judge panel ruled, that the daughter chose an expensive law school or that she was currently estranged from Livingston. A contract is a contract.