Child Support Agreements and Addressing “Other Expenses”

Child support agreements addressing requests for “other expenses” can help avoid trips back to court. There is often a lot of litigation over setting a child support amount, mostly because the obligor claims he cannot afford it. What often comes as a shocker is when non-custodial parents realize financially supporting a child involves more than just “child support”. Per 750 ILCS 5/505, Illinois law provides that the non-custodial parent is also responsible for 50% of other expenses, including but not limited to: uncovered medical expenses, child care, education, and extracurricular activities.

Child Support Agreements and Non-Custodial Parent’s Responsibility for 50% of Other Expenses

For example, adding a child to your medical insurance does not always mean that the premium will increase. For family plans, the amount will often be the same. If you are able to include the child in your health insurance, the entire amount for health insurance can be included as a deduction for child support purposes thus lowering your child support obligation.

Addressing Educational Expenses in Support Agreements

Be Reasonable with Extracurricular Activities

Consult a Legal Advice to Avoid Problems with a Child Support Agreement


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