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Child support after 18: Can I be forced to pay for my child's college tuition?

In Illinois, a court may, in some cases, order parents to contribute to their child's college expenses as part of the child support agreement. Illinois law refers to this as "non-minor support." Non-minor support can cover college expenses such as tuition, room & board, application fees, book fees, and other costs. While it is not a mandatory requirement for parents to pay for their child's college expenses, it is sometimes recommended by judges in Illinois for parents to do so. The following list what factors are considered by the courts as they determine if and how much support must be paid for college expenses.

Wisconsin passes bills to protect domestic abuse victims


Wisconsin has approved three laws to help victims of domestic violence. The bills were approved in response to a domestic abuse victim that was shot last year by her estranged husband. The victim worked at a spa where her estranged husband shot and killed the woman and two other people.

Unpaid child support: A crime in Illinois

Child support is often a vital issue in the case of spouses separating. In most divorces where children are involved, payments are usually made by one spouse to the other spouse who has custody of the child. These payments serve to provide basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter for the child, as well as medical expenses and education. It is very important that child support payments be made on the dates, and in the amounts, required by the judge. Failure to pay child support can have serious legal consequences. Here are some of the punishments one may face for unpaid child support.

Illinois council promotes positive father role with children

The Illinois Council on Responsible Fatherhood is a state commission that encourages the involvement of fathers in their children's lives. The state commission recognizes that the state carries the burden of fathers who have the ability to pay child support but fail to do so. Taxpayers cover millions of dollars in Medicaid, legal actions, cash assistance and other expenses.

Types of DCFS court hearings: what to expect in juvenile court

The DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) is a governmental organization that conducts investigations of child abuse and/or neglect cases. Several states, including Illinois, have a DCFS agency. They have been involved in many high profile cases of alleged child abuse such as the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, as well as in the lives of hundreds of people we come into contact with every day. For someone who has just been investigated by DCFS, he may want to prepare himself for the many types of hearings a typical DCFS case will involve. The following provide a brief description of the several types of hearings to be expected following the initial investigation.

Facebook use linked to higher divorce rates

Illinois residents may be interested to learn that there may be a link between Facebook use and divorce rates. The Journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking will soon publish a report that found excessive Facebook users were more likely to experience Facebook related conflicts with their significant others, which can lead to cheating, breakups and even divorce.

Head of anti-violence group charged with domestic violence

CeaseFire is a group in Illinois that works to eliminate violence in troubled Chicago neighborhoods. The director of the anti-violence program is now being accused of acting violently toward his own wife. According to Cook County prosecutors, the CeaseFire director punched and kicked his wife after an argument.

Dealing with DCFS: What to expect at a shelter care hearing

If you have been reported to DCFS for the abuse or neglect of your child, you will most likely be facing a lengthy series of court hearings. The very first hearing you will be required to attend, after a DCFS investigator has determined who will be granted temporary protective custody, is called a shelter care hearing. A shelter care hearing is an emergency hearing at which a judge will determine whether allowing the child to remain at home will present a danger to the child, and whether or not DCFS should take protective custody for an extended amount of time. The following describe what you should expect at a shelter care hearing.

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