In Illinois, child support payments end when the child turns 18 years old or when he or she graduates from high school, whichever comes later. The ending of high school does not mean that both parents are done contributing to the child’s living expenses, though. Under Illinois law, parents are also subject to “non-minor support,” which is typically used while the child is in college. Many times, you can address this issue before your divorce is finalized by putting who will pay what in the divorce agreement. If you did not address this issue before you finalize your divorce, do not fret. You can still address this issue with a divorce lawyer or in court if need be.
Expenses That Are Covered
It is not just tuition that is covered under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. The Act states that educational expenses can include:
- Up to five college applications;
- Two standardized college entrance exams;
- One standardized college entrance exam preparatory course;
- Housing expenses, including a meal plan;
- Tuition and fees;
- Medical expenses, including dental expenses;
- Living expenses, such as food, utilities and transportation; and
- Books and other supplies needed to attend school.
Making Decisions About College Expenses
Not all parents are required to cover their child’s college. Illinois courts understand that not all parents have the financial means to pay for such expenses. When making determinations about requirements for paying these expenses, the courts look at:...