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What Impacts My Child Support Payments in Illinois?

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joliet child support lawyerIn any divorce involving children, each parent’s financial support for the child’s needs will be a significant factor in the proceedings. To ensure fairness, Illinois uses the income shares method to determine a parent’s level of child support. It is based on a proportion of the parents’ combined net income. Our attorneys have experience in child support cases and can determine the appropriate levels that you and your spouse should be expected to contribute to your child’s daily and long-term needs.

Factors in Income Shares Method

The basis of the income shares method is the combined net income of both parents. In cases of unemployment or underemployment for one or both spouses, the court can estimate their potential income and use that amount as the basis for the rest of the calculations. To determine the level of basic support that the child or children need, the court will include the costs of food, clothing, education, transportation, medical costs, personal care needs, and other daily expenses. The basic support amount will then be correlated to a monthly cost based on the parent’s net income using a formula developed by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. Each parent will contribute to the monthly basic support expenses based on their proportion of the combined net income. The greater a parent’s share of the combined income, the greater level of support a parent is expected to contribute. 

The parent with the majority of the parenting time receives child support payments from the parent with less parenting time. The parent with the majority of parenting time is expected to make his or her share of the financial contributions by caring for the child and meeting the child’s daily needs. 

Parents may also need to address private school tuition, expensive extracurricular activities, college tuition, or other post-high school educational costs.

If financial circumstances significantly change for either parent after a divorce, we can assist in petitioning the court for a modification to the child support to reflect the current situation.  

Trust a Joliet Child Support Lawyer

Contact the Will County divorce attorneys at Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. if you are considering a divorce and have questions about child support payments, contact the Will County divorce attorneys at Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C.. We will work with you to understand your obligations and ensure that your child receives the proper financial support they deserve. Our experienced lawyers will help determine each parent’s income and the appropriate level of expenses for your child. We offer free consultations. Call our office at 815-666-1285 or contact us via email.


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