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Illinois’ Turn for Child Support System Overhaul: The Proposed System

By Nottage and Ward on January 27, 2012

In Monday’s blog post, we discussed the shortcomings of the current Illinois child support system, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. This child support payment system may make the family court’s job easier, but it can make things tougher and more frustrating for families.

The new income shares system aims to be more centered on the particular situation of the family. The income shares system still assumes that the child of a divorced couple is entitled to financial support equal to that he/she would have received if his/her parents stayed together. But, unlike the current system, this would be determined by how much each parent earns. Higher income means higher child support contribution. The amount of time a non-custodial parent spends with the child will also be taken into account. With the added level of fairness in this new system, long and contentious disputes would likely take less of the court’s time and alleviate any bitterness between the parents.

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