Child support obligations do not generally cease when the paying parent becomes disabled, but disability can affect payment amounts as well as when and how they are received. The expected duration of the disability, whether the paying parent has private, employer-sponsored, or social security disability benefits, and whether back payments are owed can all impact future child support.
While child support in Illinois usually ends when a child reaches the age of majority, the child's specific circumstances can significantly impact the lifespan of support payments. School status, emancipation and disability may also play a role in the continuation or termination of child support.
These days, more and more Illinois couples are having children without ever being married to each other. In fact, Illinois ranks 6th highest in the nation for births that occur out of matrimony with more than 36 percent of all children in the state born out of wedlock, and a whopping 82 percent of teen births being out of wedlock.
High School seniors across the state are busily awaiting ACT/SAT results and gathering their documentation as they prepare their college applications. It is a stressful time of year that can be made even more stressful for children of divorce who wonder how they are going to pay for the expenses college will present. For this reason, the legislators have made several changes to the law that will go into effect on January 1st, 2016.