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Child Expenses in Divorce: How it Works


You don’t need us to remind you that raising children is expensive. From basic needs such as clothing and food to expensive fees such as extracurricular activities, it’s important that everything is clear so there are no disagreements between you and your spouse once your divorce is complete.

So, are expenses split 50/50? If not, how are they decided? We’ll discuss this in greater detail below.

What Expenses are Considered for Children in Divorce?

It’s important to remember that children are the prominent concern for any court in divorce. As such, there’s no need to worry that your children will be properly taken care of, regardless of the required expenses.

Basic needs such as food, clothing, education, and healthcare costs are all considered as part of your divorce. Of course, extracurricular activities and other added expenses, like daycare, are also considered. This ensures that both you and your spouse are both responsible for the costs and the responsibilities aren’t unduly placed on one spouse or the other.

How are Expenses Divided?

Like all matters in Illinois divorces, children’s expenses are divided by equitable distribution. This means that they won’t necessarily be split 50/50. Instead, they’ll be divided equitably depending on a number of important factors.

Some of the factors that are sure to be considered include:

  • Income;
  • Earning potential;
  • Physical ability;
  • Education; and
  • Age

For example, if you were working but stopped after having kids to raise your family and haven’t worked in 15 years, chances are your spouse will be responsible for a greater share of the child expenses. These are all potential concerns you can address when you contact a Naperville divorce lawyer.

Have Questions or Concerns? Contact Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd.!

If you’re confused about how child expenses are divided or what’s covered, Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. can help! We offer over 35 years of expertise in carefully navigating divorce and family law matters, including expenses like this.

Contact us today at 630-470-9990 to take advantage of your free, 30-minute consultation or request your consultation using our simple online form. We look forward to learning the unique details of your case and offering our support and representation on your behalf!

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About Attorney Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd.

Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. is a law firm concentrating solely on family law and has served clients in DuPage, Will, Kane, and Kendall counties for over 35 years.

We continue to work with clients in Naperville, Wheaton, Lisle, Oswego, Downers Grove, and the surrounding areas to provide one-on-one support and attention that will help you through this difficult time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to offering our expertise and support to you throughout your case and after.