Free 30 Minute Consultation: (630) 852-1100
45 S. Park Blvd., Suite 230, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

DuPage County College Expenses Attorneys

Wheaton and Glen Ellyn Child Support Lawyers

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 Law, 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 Law, LLC at (630) 852-1100 or by email to make an appointment for a consultation.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google
  • LinkedIN
  • YouTube

Family Law Alert

As of January 1, 2016, major changes to child custody and visitation laws went into effect. Read more.

Divorce Guide

Divorce GuideGoing through a divorce is a difficult time for individuals and families. In addition to the emotional issues that may arise, there are also many challenging legal matters that have to be settled. The law firm of Mulyk Laho Law, LLC offers clients expert guidance when navigating the complex world of divorce law.

More >>

Children and Divorce Guide

Children and DivorceOur attorneys work hard to ensure that all parties involved remember that the real focus in any child support or custody dispute are the children. We provide compassionate representation and strive to achieve a result that is in the best interests of the child and works for all parties involved.

More >>

From Our Blog...

Reasons to Get a Prenup in Illinois

April 13, 2017

Many people do not fully understand what marriage entails from a financial and legal standpoint. Often what is impressed on couples before getting married is how spouses should act towards...

Is a Stepparent Adoption a Possibility for Your Family?

April 06, 2017

Many times when a blended family forms, stepparents wish to adopt stepchildren in order to legally reflect the relationships that have formed. When a stepparent adopts a child it means...

Child Custody When a Domestic Partnership Ends

March 31, 2017

Relationships can enjoy peaks and valleys of good times and bad. Weathering the storm is not always possible, and marriages or partnerships entered into with the utmost of good faith...

The law offices of Mulyk Laho Law, LLC
45 S. Park Blvd., Suite 230, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Phone: (630) 852-1100
Fax: (630) 852-1128