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How Much Child Support Will I Have to Pay in My Illinois Divorce?

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When parents get a divorce, they will both continue to be responsible for providing for their child financially. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act includes regulations about when and how child support must be implemented into a custody arrangement. Most often, the noncustodial parent will be legally obligated to pay the custodial parent a particular amount. However, depending on several factors, including if parents share equal or near-equal amounts of parenting time, this may not always be the case. By working with an attorney, you can ensure that all the relevant factors are taken into account when calculating child support obligations.

What Factors Are Considered When Determining Child Support?

The amount of child support that a parent has to pay is based on a formula laid out in state law. This formula determines a Basic Support Obligation that is based on the number of children and the income earned by both parents. Each parent will contribute a percentage of this obligation, depending on the amount they contribute toward their combined income and, in some cases, the number of overnights the children spend with each parent every year.

Some additional factors may come into play when determining the Basic Support Obligation, including whether either parent pays or receives spousal maintenance, whether either parent pays child support for a child or children from a different marriage or relationship, and whether a child receives a Social Security Dependent Benefit Allotment on behalf of a parent.

In addition to the Basic Support Obligation, parents may be required to divide the costs of other child-related expenses, including health insurance, childcare, and extracurricular expenses. As with the Basic Support Obligation, these costs will typically be divided based on the percentage that each parent contributes toward their combined income.

While the standard guidelines will be followed in most cases when determining child support, the law allows for deviation from these guidelines based on the needs of the child. When all factors are considered, and a child support amount is set, then it is a legally binding agreement. The parent who is ordered to pay child support must do so or risk being found in contempt of court.

What if There Is a Change In Circumstances?

Child support is set at a certain amount, but modifications can be made later, as there may be changes in one or both parents’ incomes, the child’s needs, health insurance coverage, or other areas of life. In order to make adjustments, there must be an ongoing and substantial change in circumstances. In most cases, the discrepancy must alter the child support amount by at least 20 percent in order to be considered.

Contact an Oak Forest Family Law Attorney

The issue of child support can be daunting when you get divorced. The attorneys at Anderson and Associates, P.C. can guide you through the child support process and ensure that child support is calculated correctly and that all expenses related to children will be covered. An experienced Tinley Park child support lawyer can help you reach an agreement that provides for your children while protecting your financial interests. Call our office at 708-226-9904 today to set up a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://cscwebext.hfs.illinois.gov/CscWebEx/app/estimator?execution=e1s1 

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/100/100-0923.htm

 

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