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Dupage County college expenses after divorceIn 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:

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois child custody attorney, parenting plans, Parents come from all walks of life, but one thing nearly all parents have in common is the question, “How will I pay for my child’s college education?” This issue is a major concern for most families, but for divorced couples it can be extremely complicated, especially for those who divorce long before their children are of college age. That is why it can be key to include a provision regarding college tuition in child custody agreements.

Deferring Payment Plans

When it comes to paying for tuition costs, most divorce settlements do not address the specific financial responsibilities and obligations of each parent. This is easily overlooked if the child(ren) are of elementary age, but quickly becomes an issue once the child(ren) reach high school. Many parents regret not having planned for college expenses during their divorce proceedings.

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