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Will County, IL Child Support Lawyers

Child Support Modification and Enforcement Attorneys in Joliet

When one parent has sole physical child custody, the other parent still has an obligation to provide support for the child. The specific requirements of a parent’s support obligations are determined by a family court and set out in a court order. If a parent does not abide by the child support order, he or she could be held in contempt of the family court.

If you are the custodial parent, you want to make sure you receive adequate support to take care of your children. On the other hand, if you are the non-custodial parent, you want to avoid having to pay more than your fair share in child support, as overpaying may have a significant impact on your life and financial well-being. In any child custody dispute, it is imperative that you have quality representation by an experienced Will County child custody attorney from the Mevorah Law Offices LLC to help ensure a fair outcome for you.

Child Support Calculations in Illinois

Illinois law sets out a specific calculation to determine child support. The calculation takes into consideration the number of children needing support and the net income of the non-custodial parent. Net income refers to the parent’s total gross income minus mandatory deductions such as federal and state taxes, Social Security contributions, union dues, health insurance premiums, and mandatory retirement contributions. Payments for loans or other credit accounts are not deducted, as the court claims that child support should be prioritized over other debt payments.

According to Illinois law, courts use the following guidelines to determine the minimum amount of child support ordered:

Number of Children

Percent of Non-Custodial Parent's Net Income

1

20%

2

28%

3

32%

4

40%

5

45%

6 or more

50%

The court will follow the above guidelines unless it determines that another amount will satisfy the best interests of the child. In deviating from the above chart, the court may consider:

  • The financial needs of the custodial parent and child, including education, child care, health insurance, and any special needs.
  • The other financial resources of the custodial parent.
  • The financial needs and resources of the non-custodial parent.
  • The standard of living the child would have experienced had the parents been married or remained married.

For example, if the custodial parent has much greater financial resources than the non-custodial parent, the court may order less child support than required by the guidelines under the law. Furthermore, if either parent’s financial situation changes, they will have to file for a child support modification to get the child support order changed. The court will review any changed circumstances to decide whether or not to alter the original child support requirements.

Contact a Joliet Child Support Lawyer

Child support determinations are extremely important for the well-being of the child, but they are also important for your own financial well-being. If you are facing a child support determination or modification, you should have an experienced child support attorney in Joliet helping you with your case to ensure you receive a fair result. You should not hesitate to contact the Mevorah Law Offices LLC to discuss your case as soon as possible.

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