91st General Assembly
Summary of SB0576
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EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT PAYMENTS                                               

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends provisions of the Illinois  Marriage  and  Dissolution  of      
   Marriage   Act   authorizing   a   court  to  order  parents  to  make      
   contributions for a child's educational expenses before or  after  the      
   child has attained majority.  Makes provision for an accounting of the      
   use  of  the funds if they are paid directly to the child or a parent.      
   Provides that those orders shall be based on  the  necessary  expenses      
   associated  with  attending  an  in-State public institution and shall      
   terminate when the child receives a baccalaureate  degree  or  reaches      
   age  23,  whichever  occurs  first. Provides that support shall not be      
   payable for any period during which the child ceases to be enrolled as      
   a student during any period of 6  consecutive  months,  and  that  the      
   court  may  deny  an  award  of  educational  support if the child has      
   repudiated the supporting parent without  reasonable  cause.  Provides      
   that an order shall be terminated or adjusted if the child's lifestyle      
   is extravagant or involves excessive cost or expense and that an order      
   shall  be  terminated  if the child's academic performance falls below      
   specified standards.                                                        
        SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                
        Deletes everything. Amends the Illinois Marriage and  Dissolution      
   of  Marriage  Act.   Provides that if educational expenses are ordered      
   payable, each parent and the child shall sign any  consents  necessary      
   for  the educational institution to provide the supporting parent with      
   access  to  the  child's  academic  transcripts,  records,  and  grade      
   reports.   Provides  that  the  consents  shall  not  apply   to   any      
   non-academic  records.   Provides that failure to execute the required      
   consent may be a basis for a modification or termination of any  order      
   entered  under  provisions regarding support for educational expenses.      
   Provides that the  authority  under these provisions to make provision      
   for educational expenses,  except  where  the  child  is  mentally  or      
   physically disabled and not otherwise emancipated, terminates when the      
   child  receives  a  baccalaureate  degree.   Adds the child's academic      
   performance to the list of factors  the  court  shall  consider  under      
   these provisions.                                                           
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 91-0204

   Last action date: 99-07-20

           Location: Senate

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   0     SENATE -   1


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