When you get divorced, you may wish to make a clean break from your ex and move on with your life. However, if you have children together, you must still provide for your children in the same way you did before the divorce. This means meeting their needs for a home, transportation, clothing, and food. It also means providing educational opportunities and recreational activities. To do this, Illinois law provides children with child support and both parents must pay this support to help their children. Your parental responsibilities are not optional and this child support obligation must be met. Illinois Compiled Statutes 750 ILCS 5/505 outlines the duties parents have to financially support their children after a divorce. This obligation is mandatory. Court guidelines require a minimum of between 20 and 50 percent of each parent’s income to go towards raising the children. While no one wants to pay more than their fair share of child support, it is important for these payments to be calculated properly. For this reason alone, it is important to have an experienced Barrington child support attorney on your side. Your attorney can make sure you are paying or receiving the proper amount of child support, so you can provide for your children in the best way possible.
Calculating Child Support in IllinoisWhether you are paying or receiving child support, you want the calculations to be fair. To calculate child support in Illinois, there are specific formulas that apply. When parents share parenting, both parents spend a significant amount of time with their children. If one parent spends considerably more time with their children, the parent with less parenting time may have to pay the other parent-child support. To calculate this support, the courts start by finding the basic support obligation based on the income shares schedule. This obligation is increased by 150% to estimate the shared expenses between both parents’ homes. This amount is then multiplied by the percentage of time the child spends with the parent. The parent owing more support will then pay the difference. This is just a generic starting point for child support, however. There are often other circumstances that will make the amount of child support varied. Some of those include income thresholds, split care, and special needs. The courts have the discretion to make parents pay additional lifestyle expenses, such as private school tuition, and even sports teams and summer camps.
Taking Action & Child SupportWith Manassa Law P.C., the primary concern is the children. We know that you need money to pay for their care and provide them with the lifestyle they have grown accustomed to. We work tirelessly to make sure you and your children have the support you need to make that happen. Our attorneys can help you through a variety of child support issues, including:
- Calculating child support
- Establishing child support agreements
- Modifying existing child support agreements
- Ending child support
- Enforcing child support