Child support is intended to meet some of the expenses of a child. As such, it is not optional nor should it be considered as an award to the custodial parent or punitive. In Illinois, child support terminates when a child reaches the age of 18 or graduates high school — whichever is later — but not beyond age 19. There are provisions to support children beyond age 19 for the purposes of college education or if a child is mentally or physically disabled.
Illinois Child Support Guidelines
Number of Children Percent of Non-Custodial Parent’s Net Income
The guidelines in are applied to each case unless the court makes a finding that the amount determined in the guidelines would be inappropriate after considering the best interests of the child. If you believe you should be paying below guidelines or the parenting paying you support should be paying above guidelines calls us today.
Modification of Child Support
Under Illinois Law, child support is based, in part, on the payor's net income. The state statutes provide that a certain percentage of net income goes to child support. Although the court can deviate from this schedule, there must be some compelling reason to do so. Child support may be modified if there is a substantial change in circumstances, which includes an increase or decrease in income.
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Allocation of Parental Responsibility –formally Child Custody
Allocation of parental responsibility concerns the living arrangements, education, religion and health care of the minor children and many other decisions for your minor children. We can help through mediation and other means to establish a parenting plan that works for your family. If you and your partner cannot agree, you may need to litigate the plans for your child’s future and parenting time (formally know as visitation) in court.
Our firm handles allocation of parental responsibility cases of all types, including cases involving children's attorneys and psychological experts. Our firm offers tenacious advocacy on behalf of clients, working diligently to secure results that enable our clients to enjoy the companionship and love of their children.