Will County Child Support Attorneys
Support Enforcement Lawyers in Romeoville and Plainfield
At the Davi Law Group, we understand the difficulties inherent to child-related legal matters. Our family law attorneys are prepared to advocate on behalf of a child’s best interest in concerns including divorce, custody proceedings, and child support considerations. We work closely with all involved parties to ensure the child receives the necessary financial resources, while encouraging cooperative strategies that will can benefit the child for years to come.
Illinois Support Obligations and Enforcement
The primary purpose of child support is to allow the child to be cared for appropriately. Payments are generally made to the primary residential parent to assist with establishing a home, and providing food, clothes, and medical care. Although minimum support guidelines are provided by the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, additional support may be required to help the expenses related to healthcare, education and/or childcare, and extracurricular activities. If the paying parent fails to meet his or her obligations, our attorneys have the experience and skill to pursue enforcement activities within the law. When appropriate, we can also seek security arrangements, such as a life insurance policy, to ensure the child’s needs will continue to be met in unforeseen circumstances.
Educational Expenses for Non-Minor Children
Many child support orders are terminated when the supported child reaches 18 years old and graduates high school. In some cases, this may be entirely sufficient and appropriate. For others, and particularly those who wish to attend college, the law provides that both parents may be required to provide continuing support for non-minor children. Section 513 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act allows a court to consider the circumstances of family’s situation and, as appropriate, require one or both parents to contribute to the child’s educational expenses.
Specifically, the court must consider:
- The current and expected resources of both parents to meet their own needs, including retirement investments;
- The standard of living the child could have reasonably expected if the parents had remained together;
- The child’s financial resources, including the eligibility for scholarships and grants; and
- The academic performance of the child.
Educational expenses may include tuition and fees, books, supplies, room and board, medical insurance and costs, and reasonable living expenses. At its discretion the court may order payment be made to either parent, the child, or the school, either directly or by means of an established account or trust.
For more information on compliance or enforcement of support obligations, contact us to schedule a confidential consultation valued at approximately $325.00. At the Davi Law Group, our attorneys are committed to serving the best interests of children in virtually any situation. We will meet with you to discuss your case and offer responsible advice on the best course of action for your family. With five conveniently located offices, we are proud to represent clients throughout Will County and the surrounding areas.