Milwaukee, WI asked in Child Support and Family Law for Illinois

Q: In Illinois does child support pay cover childrens cell phones and cell phone bills or is that an extra expense?

I’m trying to find out if my ex is supposed to be pay half for our childrens cell phones and cell phone bill. He tells me that the child support covers that.

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Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell
  • Mt Vernon, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: There is no law that a child has to have a cell phone or a car. If either parent chooses to provide a child with same, that is their choice and their expense. Child support is for basic necessities, i.e. food, clothing, shelter, utilities, transportation to and from school and activities. A cell phone is a luxury.

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