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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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Child Support Attorney Hinsdale IL.jpgOften times, many parents rely on child support payments to help purchase much-needed things for their children, like clothes, shoes and other necessities. In Illinois, the parent who the child spends the majority of time with is considered the “custodial” parent. This parent may ask for child support to help cover costs for the child.

When a parent is ordered by an Illinois court to pay child support, he or she has been determined that they are financially able to pay, so they are expected to contribute to the child’s expenses. If they have not established that they are not able to pay the ordered about of child support and they do not pay, they could face serious consequences, causing you much financial stress and worry.

However, there are steps you can take if your ex has not paid their portion of support. Here are a few suggestions you can follow if you are in this predicament:

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Illinois child support lawyer, Illinois family law attorney, Illinois divorce lawyer,If you are currently receiving child support through the judicial system in Illinois, as per the Illinois Child Support Services, according to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5) the original child support order is revisited every three years.

Although this is a sound check and balance system which provides each involved party to review the financial well-being of the child caught in the cross-fire of divorce, there are times when an additional review of the child support order may be warranted.

If you have concerns that the amount of support may not be covering the costs associated with financially supporting your child, the following answers to commonly asked questions may provide better insight but before deciding to move forward, it is always best to consult with an experienced Illinois child support attorney.

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Illinois divorce law, Illinois family law attorney, child custody battle, divorce lawyer, 1. (Almost) Nothing Is Simple

There are few types of legal cases that are as notoriously contentious as divorces. Going through, or even contemplating, a divorce brings up many challenges. It is easy to get overwhelmed by the entire process. Even a seemingly straightforward divorce is rarely simple. Divorce cases involve the complex area of family law, and these cases often raise complicated legal questions. How much money will each spouse get? Who gets the house, the cars, the dog, and the kids? How will a divorce affect your taxes? These are just a few typical issues that can muddle up a “simple” divorce. The best way to avoid getting bogged down in the complications is to call a reputable, experienced family lawyer in your area.

2. Your Finances Will Be Affected, but Maybe Not How You Expect

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child support payments, divorce and misconduct, DuPage county child support attorney, file for child support, illinois spousal maintenance, marital misconduct"Does my misconduct matter in my divorce?"

If you can answer "no" to the question, "Is there anything you've done you can't tell your mother about?" then you probably have nothing to fear in your divorce case regarding your prior misconduct.

However, like most things in life, there is often more to it.

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