Anthony Andreano is a Will County Divorce Lawyer with offices in downtown Joliet next to the courthouse - He is an attorney with 20 years of courtroom experience handling family law matters including uncontested and contested divorces, child support, custody and visitation disputes, alimony, property division, paternity issues, post divorce and other family law matters. Call for a consultation at (815) 954-8175 or visit us online at the link below:
Changes to Child Support Statute in 2013 on Child Related Expenses
A recurring issue in family law has been the issue of what
child support covers. Do regular percentage child support payments cover all
the costs of raising children or are there some expenses that a non-custodial parent
should pay outside of the child support. In Will County, divorce judges have
routinely ordered non-custodial parents to contribute toward a child’s unreimbursed
medical expenses, day care costs, school fees and extracurricular expenses IN
ADDITION to regular child support.
This has sometimes been hard to explain to clients paying
support because the child support statute never addressed the issue directly to
say whether these additional expenses were part of what child support covered.
However, a change effective January 1, 2013 is meant to clarify the issue. The
statute now gives the court the specific authority to award theses additional
expenses (or a contribution to them) in addition to regular child support.
The new law states:
750 ILCS 5/503(2.5) The court, in its discretion, in addition tosetting child support pursuant to the
guidelines and factors, may order
either or both parents owing a duty of support to a child of the marriage to contribute
to the following expenses, if determined by the court to be reasonable: (a) health needs not covered by
insurance; (b) child care; (c) education; and (d) extracurricular
For more information contacts Will County Divorce Lawyer, Anthony Andreano at www.andreanoandlyons.com or (815) 954-8175.