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Considering Important Expenses in Your Illinois Child Support Order

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On a fundamental level, Illinois law seeks to ensure that a child’s basic needs are met and that whenever possible, both parents contribute financially to meet them. However, many parents find it important to provide their children with more than the basics, perhaps because they have the means to do so, or because their children have special needs that result in additional expenses. In the event of a divorce or any other situation involving a child support order between unmarried parents, it is important to consider the full range of expenses for which each parent should be expected to provide.

Extraordinary Child Support Expenses

The baseline amount that parents are expected to contribute to child support is determined in large part using a schedule of basic child support obligations maintained by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. The schedule considers the combined income level of the parents, as well as the regular annual costs of raising a child, including food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and minor educational and medical expenses.

However, depending on the parents’ financial resources and the child’s needs, additional expenses may also be included in a child support order. Some examples are:

  • Health insurance, including premiums and other costs of starting or maintaining coverage for the child.

  • Extraordinary medical expenses, including out-of-pocket costs of medication, procedures, and treatment necessary to protect the child’s life and health.

  • Costs related to the child’s special needs, including therapy, education, and equipment to support the child’s physical and mental development.

  • Child care costs when necessary to allow a parent to work or pursue education to support themself and the child.

  • Extracurricular activity expenses, including the cost of lessons, materials, travel, and memberships.

  • Educational costs, including private school tuition, tutoring, and school trips

  • College expenses to support the education of a child after they reach the age of 18, when a regular child support order typically terminates

Parents who are willing to cooperate may be able to work out an arrangement between themselves to provide for these additional expenses and submit their agreement to the court, helping them to reach a resolution more efficiently. If the parents are unable to agree, the court can decide whether and how to deviate from the basic child support obligation after hearing from both parents.

Contact a Kane County Child Support Attorney

If you have questions regarding what can be included in a child support order and the amount you may be expected to contribute, a qualified St. Charles family law attorney can help. At the Law Offices of Benedict Schwarz, II PC, we will work to help you ensure that your child has access to the support they need. Call us today at 847-428-7725 to set up an initial consultation.





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