A determination of parental contributions to college expenses is a common part of a divorce agreement in which children are involved. Illinois law provides that one or both parents as well as the child may be ordered to contribute to the cost of college, professional school or other types of post-high school training. Children born to unmarried parents are also entitled to college support. At the law firm of Mulyk, Laho & Mack, LLC, our attorneys are highly experienced in handling college support agreements and modifications.
College expenses are considered a type of child support. However, unlike typical child support, which is calculated using a statutory formula, parental contributions to college expenses are determined according to the judge’s discretion. A number of factors are used to determine how much each parent is expected to contribute to each child’s college education. These factors include:
- Income of both parents (and step-parents where applicable)
- Expenses of both parents
- Financial resources available to the child including scholarships, grants, student loans, college savings and gifts from others
- The child’s aptitude for college (passing grades are typically required)
The Court may also take into consideration the cost of a private school versus the cost of a public school. Additionally, non-custodial parents are usually granted the right to the child’s academic records.
College Support Modifications
Like other types of child support, contributions to college expenses can be modified if the circumstances of one or both parents change or if there are other relevant factors. Specifications for contributions to college expense are often left vague in divorce decrees in which the children are not yet college-aged. Our attorneys are skilled in handling post-decree modifications and work hard to advocate for our clients and their children.
If you are in need of an attorney that concentrates in the area of family law or any of our other related practice areas, contact Mulyk, Laho & Mack, LLC at (630) 852-1100 or by email to make an appointment for a consultation.