Warrenville IL College Expenses Lawyer
Divorce Attorney for Child Support and College Expenses in West Chicago, Winfield, and Wheaton
Illinois is one of a handful of states to extend child support obligations to post-secondary educational expenses for adult children. A support order to pay for college expenses is based largely on the ability of parents to make such contributions, any previous agreements regarding payment of such expenses, and the judge’s discretion. Whether you are seeking college tuition support from the other parent of your child or you want to dispute such a request, you need strong legal counsel in your corner fighting aggressively to protect your interests.
At The Law Offices of Nancy Kasko, LLC, we have extensive knowledge of the Illinois child support and college expense laws, and how they are typically applied within the family courts. Our divorce and family law cases are handled by attorney Nancy Kasko, a strong and compassionate advocate with first-hand experience with these types of proceedings.
Nancy has been through a contentious divorce herself, and she understands the emotional and financial toll it can take on the parties involved. Nancy spends a lot of time one-on-one with her clients. She listens closely to their needs and concerns, so she can formulate an effective strategy designed to obtain optimal results. She also keeps in regular contact with her clients, providing ongoing updates on the progress of their case.
Child Support College Expenses in Illinois
Either of the parents can petition for the other to contribute to post-secondary educational expenses, and this can be done before or after the child becomes a legal adult. It is best to address this issue during the divorce proceeding, so the terms and conditions can be agreed upon far in advance of the child(ren) becoming college age. If no agreement is made at that time, a support modification may be necessary after the divorce is finalized.
Under Illinois law, post-secondary “educational expenses” may include the following:
- College tuition and fees up to the amount paid by a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
- On-campus or off-campus housing up to the amount paid by a student for a double-occupancy room and standard meal plan at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
- The cost of health and dental insurance and medical expenses;
- The cost of reasonable living expenses during the academic year;
- The cost of books and other supplies.
Parents may also be asked to pay the costs to submit applications to up to five colleges, the costs for up to two standardized college entrance exams, and the tuition costs for one college standardized entrance exam preparatory course.
If the child fails to maintain at least a “C” grade point average, the parent is no longer obligated to pay college expenses. In addition, the obligation to pay post-secondary educational expenses typically ends when the child turns 23, unless good cause in shown. In all cases, the obligation ends when the child turns 25, unless continued support is voluntarily agreed upon by both parties.
Speak with a Strong Carol Stream Child Support Attorney
College tuition costs are rising with each passing year. If you are facing a divorce (or you are already divorced) and need assistance with issues related to child support college expenses, attorney Nancy Kasko is ready to help. Nancy provides a thorough assessment of your case, so you know going into the process where you stand and what you can expect. For a free personalized consultation with attorney Kasko, contact our Warrenville law office today at 630-836-8540 or our Wheaton office at 630-407-1665. We serve clients in Warrenville, Winfield, West Chicago, Wheaton, and DuPage County, Illinois.