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Wheaton College Expenses Divorce Lawyer

Glen Ellyn Law Firm Protecting Children's Right to a College Education After Divorce

West Chicago Divorce College Expenses Lawyer

Ideally, when parents divorce, they will do their best to put their children's best interests first and ensure that they are provided for financially. This means that parents will not only need to determine how to handle child support payments in the near term, but they will also want to provide for their children's future by ensuring that they are able to receive a college education.

Paying College Expenses

While a non-custodial parent's requirement to provide child support ends when a child turns 18, one or both parents may be obligated to provide non-minor support by contributing toward the child's college expenses. The amount of this support may be included in the parents' divorce decree, or it may be left to the court to decide at a later date. If a judge is asked to decide what college expenses each parent will be obligated to pay, he will consider a variety of factors, including:

  • Both parents' financial needs and resources, including any retirement funds they own
  • The financial resources available to the child, including student loans, scholarships, and college savings accounts established before the divorce
  • The standard of living the child would have had if the parents had stayed married
  • The academic performance of the child (a "C" average must be maintained)

Parents will not be required to pay college expenses after the child turns 23 (or 25, if good cause is shown), and non-minor support will also end once a child obtains a bachelor's degree or gets married.

Guidelines for College Expenses

According to Illinois law, parents may be required to contribute to several possible types of college expenses, including:

  • Tuition, room, and board
  • Application, registration, and entrance exam fees
  • Books and supplies
  • Transportation costs
  • Healthcare expenses

When determining the amount of support that parents will be obligated to pay, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be used as a guideline. Parents will not be required to pay an amount for tuition, room, board, and fees that is greater than the amount of these same costs at the University of Illinois during that academic year.

Ensuring Children's Future Security

You want what is best for your child, both immediately following your divorce and well into the future. The dedicated, compassionate family law attorneys at Anderson and Associates, P.C. can help you understand the law and ensure that your children are provided for as they reach adulthood and work to build a successful career. If you want to make sure you have met all the legal requirements that will give your children the tools for success, contact a Wheaton divorce attorney at 630-653-9400 to schedule an initial consultation. We provide legal assistance to clients throughout DuPage County including Naperville, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, West Chicago, Winfield, and Warrenville.

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