Child support payments are payments made to a parent for the purposes of assisting that parent with the expense of raising the couple’s children. Read More >
During the marriage, parents have no legal obligation to contribute towards the college expenses of their children. However, after filing a petition for dissolution of marriage, 750 ILCS 5/513 requires both parents to contribute to their child’s college costs to the best of their ability, while considering the standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marriage not been dissolved, the financial resources of the child, and the child’s academic performance.
It’s often difficult to determine each parent’s ability to contribute to college costs. One of our attorneys will assist with reviewing the other party’s and your financial information and evaluating the expected cost of college attendance, including all associated fees and costs — less scholarships and grants. Typically, college expenses are negotiated as a separate issue from child support while the child is a minor. Parents, however, can discuss college planning during or after divorce proceedings.
If you and your spouse are divorced, college expenses can generally be handled in three ways:
Again, if the parents can’t agree on their respective contributions, it’s necessary to bring the matter before the court before incurring any college expenses. Our team of lawyers can help minimize any unnecessary conflict involved in planning college expenses. Through calm and level-headed negotiation, we can assist in making the situation less arduous for parents and children alike. Contact us for a consultation at our Chicago or Oak Park office to begin the process.
Most custody judgements have clauses prohibiting the custodial parent from removing the minor child from the state. These clauses are typically added to permit both parents to play an active role in the child’s life. However, there are a variety of circumstances where removing the child from the state would be in the child’s best interests. In these instances, the court must be petitioned and the custody agreement must be modified. Read More >
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