Q: Can a mother wait until a child is 19 years old to sue the alleged father for a paternity test and college tuition assis
She knew where he was all these years, and she's not asking for back child support
A: 750 ILCS 45/8: An action brought by or on behalf of a child, an action brought by a party alleging that he or she is the child's natural parent shall be barred if brought later than 2 years after the child reaches the age of majority.
Once paternity is established the rules regarding custody, visitation, and financial obligations follow the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. The statute below details the extensive educational expenses that a parent can be required to pay.
750 ILCS 5/513: The authority under this Section to make provision for educational expenses extends not only to periods of college education or professional or other training after graduation from high school, but also to any period during which the child of the parties is still attending high school, even though he or she attained the age of 19. The educational expenses may include, but shall not be limited to, room, board, dues, tuition, transportation, books, fees, registration and application costs, medical expenses including medical insurance, dental expenses, and living expenses during the school year and periods of recess, which sums may be ordered payable to the child, to either parent, or to the educational institution, directly or through a special account or trust created for that purpose, as the court sees fit.
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