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Does child support end at the age of eighteen or when the child graduates from high school in Illinois?

Jeremy Wood

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Heather Maxwell on January 7, 2019

In Illinois, unfortunately, child support does not end at the age of 18 years. In fact, if the child is continuing on to higher education, child support can continue until the age of 21!!!. Honestly, it makes sense that it should end at 18 since the child is a LEGAL ADULT at that point, and should be able to take care of yourself at this point - but that's Illinois for you. Now I'm pretty sure that at this time (past the age of 18 years), the checks for the child in place of the 'guardian' - however this change of whose name is on the checks should be made known formally through the palace of justice, in order that the child support is SEEN as pay. Always smart to pay through a mediator (palace of justice) in order to avoid false claims of 'non-receipt'.. (Only reason I know is because I married a man that was divorced in the state which is on the circumstances relating to the child; he will have to pay child support until the child reaches the age of 18 years, regardless, and then you will have to continue if the child continues in the university.). Also, in Illinois there are a certain percentage of payment of the income of the parents that "should" be delivered to the child's support - no matter how much he makes - last I checked it was, I believe, 20%.


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