CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) -- A higher court will be handling the case of whether a divorced New Jersey couple must pay their daughter's college tuition even though they both disagree with where she's going to school.

A judge on Monday referred the case to a state appeals panel, saying "I've really never seen a family torn apart the way this family is torn apart."

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Judge Donald Stein also ruled that Michael Ricci and Maura McGarvey won't be held in contempt for their refusal to pay $16,000 they were previously ordered to put toward daughter Caitlyn Ricci's tuition this year at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Some New Jersey lawmakers are taking up the issue with a bill that would require divorced or unmarried parents be treated the same as married parents in cases like this.

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