In Illinois, a court can order that a non-custodial parent pay part of the tuition and other costs relating to college. However, Illinois also does not permit the custodial parent to obtain retroactive support. So, it boils down to she can take you to court and force you to pay this costs in the future but not for costs that she has already paid. Now, if she does take it to court, there are several factors that the judge will consider including the ability of each parent to pay, the academic ability and performance of the child, the cost of the school and whether it is a public or private school.
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