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Can I Be Ordered to Pay College Expenses as Part of My Illinois Divorce?In Illinois, child support stops once the child turns 18 or when they have graduated high school – whichever happens later. Under Illinois divorce law, the court may order a parent to help pay for a child’s college expenses after child support has ended if the child is planning to continue their education. Although child support is required to be paid even for parents who never got married, Illinois does not require college expense payments to be made. If your child is planning to go to college, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable family law attorney to file a petition for college expense payments to be granted to your child since it will not automatically go into effect.

College Expenses

A support order can include several expenses related to college, such as:

  • Registration and application fees
  • Tuition
  • Room and board (on or off campus)
  • Educational fees
  • Medical and dental insurance
  • Books
  • Travel to and from school
  • Additional expenses

If the court grants college expenses to be paid, child support continues under the Illinois “college expenses” law that applies to non-minor children. 


Will County child custody attorney

When parents are in the middle of a battle over the allocation of parental responsibilities, the state of affairs can be intense. In some cases, the parenting dispute can result in one parent taking the child without the consent and knowledge of the other parent or the court. Despite their status as a legal parent, this still qualifies as “kidnapping” or “child abduction” and can turn a civil case into a criminal case with harsh consequences for the offending parent.

Child Abduction

Kidnapping is a felony in Illinois, and a conviction can result in fines, probation and jail time. An individual will be charged with child abduction when he/she does one of the following: 


How Criminal Charges Can Affect Your Right to Adopt a ChildAdopting a child is not something to take lightly. Whether you are a grandparent, brother, sister, step-brother, step-sister, aunt, uncle, or unrelated to the child you wish to adopt, once the adoption process is complete, you are responsible for making sound-of-mind decisions based on the best interest of the child.

However, if you have a criminal record, adopting a child may be more difficult, or in some circumstances, off the table.

What To Expect

According to the Illinois Adoption Act, the following is done during the adoption process:


Homewood prenuptial agreement attorney

Prenuptial agreements are not mandatory within an Illinois marriage, but any engaged couple that has personal or business assets may want to protect what is theirs before getting married.

A prenuptial agreement is a written agreement that both you and your future spouse construct before getting married. This agreement lays out how property and assets will be divided if divorce or death were to occur. Items that can be included within a prenuptial agreement include:


Homewood grey divorce attorney

Grey divorce, also known as Silver Splitter or Diamond Divorcees, refers to the older “grey-haired” couples who decide to file for divorce after being in long-term marriages. According to the Pew Research Center, a study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau found that for every 1,000 married couples aged 50 and over, 10 of them ended in divorce. Grey divorce entails many issues a traditional divorce carries, such as the division of marital property and assets and spousal maintenance, but is unlikely to include the allocation of parental responsibilities or child support.

Reasons for Grey Divorce

  1. Longer Life Expectancy and Better Health: Life expectancy has drastically risen within recent years, allocating for more time for older individuals to find happiness in a different partner that best fits their interests. 
  2. You and Your Spouse Have Grown Apart: Sometimes, couples do not experience a major upset relating to financial matters, cheating, or abuse, but rather do not feel the same way about each other as they did when they first got married. After the children have grown up and left the nest, many couples are unsure where their marriage may go, which leads to divorce. 
  3. Financial Reasons: Financial burdens such as debt can cause issues within a nearing-retirement or already retired couple. Being unsure how money is going to be managed now that one or both of you are not working can cause marital conflict. 
  4. General Displeasure: Is your sex life bland or non-existent? Are you unhappy doing day-to-day activities with your spouse? Many couples blame being bored or unsatisfied for many years as a reason to file for divorce.
  5. Retirement: Before retiring, you and your spouse are busy working and/or raising your children. Retirement gives you way more free time than you had before, and many couples find that they do not want to spend that time with their spouse. 
  6. Addiction: Substance abuse and gambling are a few addictions grey divorcees experience that can result in the fallout of their marriage. Many divorcees report that their spouses put their addiction above their marriage, family, and financial security, which put them both at risk of losing everything.  

Contact a Will County Divorce Attorney Today

Going through a divorce is never easy, especially after you and your spouse agreed to stay together “until death do us part.” Do not let your divorce disturb your retirement and the rest of your life. Here at The Foray Firm, we will lead you through your grey divorce and weigh current and future outcomes relating to financial matters, property management, and asset division. Contact a Joliet, Illinois, divorce attorney at 312-702-1293 to schedule a consultation. 

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