Many people are aware that a person’s child support obligation terminates when either the child turns 18 years-old or graduates from high school, whichever is later; however, Section 513 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) also allows for the payment/contribution for expenses related to a child’s college or higher education. §513 considers a wide array of factors and circumstances in determining if, and what amount, a person must contribute to their child’s college or higher education expenses. Below are some questions I regularly receive from clients regarding to college expenses:
Yes. §513 educational expenses extend to both college/university expenses, as well as professional training, (and in some cases high school G.E.D.). The theory behind payment towards §513 educational expenses is that many parents have the ability to contribute to the success of their children’s future by contributing to their child’s education and training, regardless of what that profession may be. Illinois law recognizes that not all children will attend the traditional college or university, therefore §513 allows for the payment of professional, vocational and even G.E.D. training/schooling.