Understanding Child Support in Illinois

 Illinois child support laws, Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorney,Divorce and child custody disputes are never easy for a family. For the children, it is often hard for them to understand the situation, let alone worry about where they are going to live. For parents, it may be challenging to set aside the emotional distress of the situation and focus on the child’s best interests. Both custodial and non-custodial parents should understand child support laws, which exist to ensure that food, clothing, education, and even healthcare is provided.

Because child custody disputes and support arrangements are always unique cases, there is no one-size-fits-all process for knowing how a case will pan out in court. Based on existing laws and experience from previous cases, an attorney may be able to offer a loose prediction—or at least explain the factors that the court will consider.

Courts in Illinois, according to Child Support Services, base their decisions largely on the number of children under 18 years of age, as well as the income of the non-custodial parent.

Starting with one child, most rulings require at least 20 percent of the non-custodial parent be set aside for child support. The more children are involved, the higher this percentage is. This may change depending on the amount of income the non-custodial parent has, as well as any other issues that may legitimately make paying for child support more complicated.

Income alone is not the only basis for determining child support. Courts will typically examine other areas that can contribute to the amount necessary to raise the child(ren). These often include:

  • Any physical, psychological or emotional needs of the child(ren);

  • Any financial issues or needs of the custodial parent;

  • The overall standard of living the child(ren) experienced prior to the separation;

  • Educational expenses for the child(ren);

  • Daycare expenses; and

  • Health and dental insurance.

For an Illinois family lawyer who can combine experience with compassion and understanding, trust the Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C. If you are going through a divorce, custody dispute, or child support arrangement, Mr. Williams can help you understand how the law can work for you and your family. Call us at [[phone]] to schedule an appointment.

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