Child support and private school tuition

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Friday, July 28, 2017.

In some Illinois divorces, private school education for the children may be at issue. Some parents may want their children to attend private schools when the other parents do not feel that it is necessary. Whether or not a judge will order the non-custodial parent to contribute financially to the child’s private school costs will depend on a number of factors.

An order to pay half of a child’s private school tuition in addition to child support is not automatic. Before the court will order a parent to pay half or anything towards a private school tuition bill, the court will first review the incomes of both parents. If the parent who is being asked to pay additional money for the private school tuition simply does not make enough money to afford it, it is unlikely that the parent will be ordered to do so.

Courts will also look at whether the child was already attending the private school before the parents split up, whether the child might be harmed by leaving friends behind and whether or not the private school offers benefits to the child that the child cannot receive from attending a public school.

At the Stange Law Firm, our attorneys understand the unique issues that private school education poses for our clients who are engaged in child support disputes. We evaluate the need for private school education and advise our clients about whether or not it is likely to be ordered. We work to help our clients try to reach agreements about their children’s private school needs. In some cases, litigation might be necessary. If you are involved in a dispute about your child’s attendance at a private school, you may learn more information by reading our page on the topic.

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