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educational expenses, Kane County family law attorneysIn a previous post on this blog, we talked a little bit about the authority of the courts in Illinois to order either or both parents—subsequent to a divorce or separation—to contribute toward the educational expenses of their child. As with most elements of a divorce, if the couple previously agreed to split the costs, or they expressly agreed that they would not be helping the child pay for post-high school education, the court will typically allow the agreement to stand. If, however, there was no existing agreement on the subject, or if one parent is not abiding by the agreed-upon terms, the court may need to consider the case.

Statutory Factors

The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act requires the court to take into account a number of considerations when deciding whether to order contributions toward a child’s educational expenses. These factors include:

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financial infidelity, finances, Kane County divorce lawyerA couple’s wedding vows usually include some version of a promise of love and fidelity between the spouses. Most people generally view that as a promise by each partner not to cheat, either emotionally or sexually with another person. Despite such promises, marital infidelity does occur, often resulting in fractured or destroyed relationships which can ultimately lead to divorce. Recent research indicates, however, that another type of cheating, known as financial infidelity, frequently occurs in marriages and can have an equally damaging impact on a healthy marriage.

What is Financial Infidelity?

Financial infidelity represents any form of hiding of or deception regarding purchases, accounts, income, debts, investments, or any other type of money-related issues between spouses or partners. Last year, the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) commissioned a Harris Poll survey to investigate just how common the practice is among married or committed couples. The study found that about 30 percent of respondents admitted to some form of financial infidelity, and that when such practices occur, three out of four acknowledge the negative effect on their relationship.

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