Kane County College Expenses Attorneys
College Expenses Lawyers Helping Clients in Aurora and Batavia
In most child support situations, a non-custodial parent’s requirement for financial support ends when the child turns 18 and graduates from high school. For some families, however, the court may compel parents to contribute toward the child’s post-secondary education expenses. Under Illinois law, the court is permitted to order the payment of support for non-minor children and educational expenses and such orders have increased in recent years. A court order for college-related expenses is generally subject to the court’s discretion, and is based on both the parents’ ability to contribute and any agreement related to college expenses previously included in the divorce decree.
The attorneys at The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., have worked with hundreds of clients in all types of child support matters including those seeking assistance with college expenses. We understand the complexities of such cases and are prepared to advocate for your interests at the negotiating table and in court.
College Expenses and Child Support in Elgin and St. Charles
As the cost of a post-secondary education continues to rise, students face increasing challenges in funding their educational efforts. In proceedings for college expense-related child support, the court will take into account the income, assets, and needs of each parent, as well as that of the child. When deemed appropriate, one or both parents with the financial means to assist their child may be ordered by the court to do so. The court may also require the child to assume responsibility for a portion of the expenses, as well, either through existing resources or employment opportunities and student loans.
Financial contributions may help offset the costs of tuition, room and board, books, supplies, fees, medical expenses, and transportation expenses among many others. Many orders require the mandated payments to be made directly to the college or university in which the child is enrolled.
The authority of the court to mandate parental contributions to college expenses ends when the child obtains a bachelor’s degree. The child, on his or her part, is expected to maintain appropriate academic performance and acceptable progress toward a degree or he or she risks losing the ordered support. Additionally, parents who are required to contribute toward college expenses are granted access to the child’s school records to ensure transparency between all involved parties.
Child support matters of any type, especially those related to college expenses, can be very complicated. With our family law experience, you can rely on us to remain current on the ever-changing landscape of child-related legal concerns. Our attorneys are dedicated to efficient resolution whenever possible, are often successful at negotiating agreements without ever setting foot in the courtroom. If litigation becomes necessary, however, we are prepared to aggressively protect the interests of our clients and the well-being of children.
If you are facing legal action regarding the support of a child for college expenses, The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., can provide the representation you need. Contact our Kane County attorneys today at 630-462-9500630-462-9500 to schedule a consultation. We will review your case, analyze your financial situation, and help you determine how to proceed. With our skill and knowledge, we will work with you in pursuit of an outcome that best meets your needs. Located in Wheaton, Illinois, we proudly serve clients throughout Kane, DuPage, Cook, DeKalb, Kendall, and Will Counties.