Q: Child Support for emancipated kids
Am I eligible to get some type of child support I have 3 kids ages 19,21 and 22. All three were emancipated after they graduated high school. But 2 are going to college and the oldest is working a part time job. All 3 are living with me. My ex husband refuses to help with any expenses at this time. The only thing he does pay for is my daughters car insurance health insurance for the kids and kids cell phone bill. I provide them everything else a home, a car, car insurance and registration for the 2 boys, food, clothing everything pretty much. Is there anyway I can get some financial assistance from my ex husband.
A: In Illinois the obligation to pay child support ends when the child turns 18 years old or graduates high school. If the child is 19 years and has not finished high school, the judge's usually extend child support until they graduate. This usually has to be specifically ordered by the judge. But if your child or children is attending college or a vocational school, you can petition the judge to order the other parent to contribute to "post-educational expenses." In Winnebago County this obligation is usually split 3 ways; mother pays 1/3, father pays 1/3 & the child (who is no longer a child) will either have to get a loan, financial aid, or work to pay for his 1/3 of his/her education. You can ask for not just the educational costs, but also for medical expenses, costs of books & supplies, housing expenses, and reasonable living expenses. The law is found at 750 ILCS 5/513.
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