Chicago Child Support Lawyers
Child Support in Illinois
Divorce is a stressful and emotionally trying process. When children are involved, the battle between spouses can become even more contentious. In any divorce involving children, both parents presumably want what is best for the child or children. This is also true for the court. A child support order is determined by what is reasonable and necessary for the support of the child or children, based on the parties’ combined net income. It is presumed that the guidelines represent the amount of support that is reasonable and necessary, unless it can be demonstrated to the court that circumstances exist that would make the guideline amount inappropriate.
If you are concerned about how the court will calculate the child support amount or you are concerned whether your children will receive the financial support they need, our dedicated Chicago family law attorneys at Nottage and Ward, LLP, can help. We understand the laws and the court process inside and out, giving us the necessary knowledge and experience to ensure that your child is properly provided for.
Illinois Child Support Guidelines
According to Section 505 of Illinois Compiled Statute (ILCS) 750, "...the court may order either or both parents owing a duty of support to a child of the marriage to pay an amount reasonable and necessary for support." Illinois law has recently adopted a new approach to calculating child support that intends to make child support obligations more equitable, as it is now based on the parents’ combined net income. To calculate child support, courts now take the following steps:
- Determine each party’s monthly net income;
- Add the parents’ monthly incomes together for the combined net monthly income;
- From the State-prepared “schedule of basic child support obligations,” select the corresponding appropriate amount of support based on the combined net income and number of children; and
- Calculate each parent’s percentage share of the basic child support obligation.
Outside the Guidelines
The application of this formula may be deemed inappropriate after consideration of the best interests of the child due to one or more relevant factors, including, but not limited to:
- Financial resources and needs of the child;
- Financial resources and needs of the parents;
- Child's standard of living had the marriage remained intact;
- Emotional and physical condition of the child; and
- Educational needs of the child.
If the court does decide to deviate from the guidelines, it must provide the reasons for that deviation.
Illinois Child Support Attorneys Committed to Obtaining the Best Possible Results in Chicago
At Nottage and Ward, LLP, our dedicated child support lawyers in Chicago have years of experience handling divorce cases involving children and are committed to obtaining the best support arrangement for you and your child. We have been devoted to family law for over 20 years and hold the needs of our clients and their families above all else. If you are concerned about what will happen to you and your child after divorce, contact us today at (312) 332-2915 for a consultation. We look forward to answering questions about child support and addressing all of the concerns you may have.
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