In this week’s Love Essentially, I offer a look at Illinois law when it comes to who pays for college in a divorce. Unfortunately, divorced people are required by law to contribute to their kids’ college education, while married couples are not. Doesn’t seem fair to me, but a new court decision might pave the way to some changes in statutes.
Is it fair for courts to make divorced parents pay for kids’ college?
by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group
There is no law requiring married couples to pay for college for their children, but when it comes to divorced or divorcing parents, there apparently is.
A 40-year-old Illinois law states that if you are divorced or getting divorced, your spouse can file a petition to allocate part of the responsibility of your children’s college expenses to you. Sound fair? Not to me, a divorced mom of two.
I only learned about this law — which, in my opinion, discriminates against and borderline penalizes divorced parents — when I read a recent news story on the Cook County Record’s website.
The article was about a ruling earlier this month by DuPage County Circuit Court Judge Thomas A. Else, that the current law cannot force a divorced dad, Charles Yakich, to pay for his daughter, Dylan, to attend college.
The ruling was based on Yakich’s motion that argued the law is unfair because it requires divorced parents to pay for college while not requiring the same of married couples.
Like this article? Check out, “Going Through an Unfair Divorce?”