Does Illinois Child Support Include Child’s College Expenses?

In Illinois, child support can include paying a child’s college expenses as provided in Section 513 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Effective January 1, 2016, Section 513 is the child support law that is used to require the parents to contribute to their child’s college expenses. This college education expense law provides who is to contribute (mom, dad and/or child), how much each contributes, and for how long the contribution is necessary. The obligation terminates at age 23 unless there is good cause shown why it should continue, and then the termination date is 25 regardless of circumstances.

Contribution to Child’s College Expenses

Type of Post-High School Education Covered

  • college,
  • vocational school,
  • professional training, and
  • trade schools.

As long as the education is going to further the child’s ability to become self-sufficient and productive member of society, it may very well qualify.

Types of College Education Expenses Covered

Conflicts Over Child’s Selected College

Child’s Obligations Under the College Expense Law

Impact of a 529 Saving Plan on Child’s College Expenses

Child Cannot Sue a Parent for Contribution to College Expenses

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