I live in Illinois and have been paying my ex-wife between $105,000 and $118,000 "unallocated" family support over the past five years. The paid support is for the purpose of providing alimony
to my ex-wife as well as child support
for our daughter. Our daughter will be graduating from high school and starting college in 2017. I do not think that my ex-wife has saved any money to put towards our daughter's college. However, I have saved about $18,000 in a 529 account that is for her benefit. The divorce
decree states that my ex-wife and I "shall divide the post-high school educational expenses of the child pursuant to Section 513 of the Illinois Marriage
and Dissolution Marriage Act according to their respective financial abilities". The decree also states that "Post high-school education expenses shall include but are not limited to tuition, application fees,room and board, books, reasonable clothing, fees and assessments, allowances, lab fees, activity fees, standardized tests, tutors, equipment, fraternity/sorority dues and reasonable transportation if the child attends school away from home to travel home."
I want to know how much (in dollars - closest estimate) am I legally responsible for and how much will my ex-wife be legally responsible for when contributing towards our daughters college - assuming our daughter is pursuing a four year undergraduate degree. I work full time and my ex-wife has not worked over the past years (while I have been paying her alimony) - but she is certainly capable of working and has an associates degree.