"Long story short, this is a squabble between a mom and a dad over their adult child's higher education expenses," Williams said. "We don't want to ... be drug into divorce disputes because it's expensive, inconvenient and creates all kinds of problems. Really, the dad owes the money, but he is not paying."
"Our view is the university has a common-law lien on a transcript for services provided," said Jim Williams, an attorney representing Ball State. "The analogy is if you took your car in to get it fixed. The mechanic has a lien on the car until the bill is paid. Technically, the mechanic can withhold the car until the bill is paid."