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Addressing Child-Related Expenses Above and Beyond Monthly Child Support

 Posted on May 29, 2020 in Child Support

Il divorce lawyerParents and caregivers alike can agree that children are expensive. This is why it is generally agreed that both the mother and the father have an obligation to provide financial support for any children they have. When the parents are not married or they are getting a divorce, a child support order can be entered to ensure both parents contribute their fair financial share. Child support is calculated using a formula that incorporates both parents’ income, amount of parenting time, and whether or not they have other child support or spousal maintenance obligations.

However, monthly child support obligations do not always cover all costs associated with raising a child. There are expenses that will appear that are not accounted for in the monthly child support obligation. You are not required to address them in your parenting plan or support order, but doing so can save time and stress in the long run.

Dividing Your Child’s Additional Expenses

For some parents, decisions about how expenses are allocated can be made as needed, however, this type of arrangement typically only works if the parents are on good terms with each other and they are willing to compromise. In most cases, it would behoove you to try to address any foreseen additional expenses in your parenting plan or support order before your case is finalized. These expenses can include:

  • Healthcare: A judge can order one or both parents to add their child to their insurance policy and/or pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses for the child, such as prescription costs or copays.
  • Childcare: One of the most expensive parts of raising a child is paying for childcare. The judge has the discretion to divide the cost of childcare between both parents based on the percentage of support each parent provides. These costs can be added to the basic child support obligation.
  • School and other extracurricular activities: The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act states that the judge can require one or both parents to contribute to the costs of activities that are meant to supplement the child’s social, cultural, educational or athletic development.
  • Postsecondary education and related costs: Illinois judges also have the discretion to require one or both parents to pay for costs associated with a child attending college, even after they are 18. The parents may be required to pay for their child’s room and board, tuition, supplies, and/or textbooks.

Speak With a DuPage County Child Support Lawyer Today

Some of the most difficult and conflict-inducing topics in a divorce are those that involve finances. When it comes to the financial support of your child, both parents are expected to make a fair contribution, including to expenses beyond monthly child support. At Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC, we understand how important it is that your child receives the financial support they deserve. To speak with a knowledgeable Elmhurst, IL child support attorney, call our office today at 312-605-4041.




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