Illinois Family Law Attorneys
The guidelines for setting child support in Illinois are found in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA). Guideline child support in Illinois is set as a percentage of the paying parent's net income: 20% of net income for one child, 28% for two children, 32% for three children and so forth. Disputes over how to calculate net income are not uncommon but once resolved the actual calculation is not difficult.
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We represent both men and women in child support matters. Regardless of whether our client receives or pays child support the formula is straightforward and predictable.
Here are some areas that we look at in any child support matter:
- Second job income
- Student loan payments
- Business-related expenses and income
Child Support is one area where many courts pay special attention because they take their role of protecting the children's finances very seriously. Any agreement which clients make on their own, outside of court, will have to comport with standard guidelines for the agreement to be entered as an order of court.
Ending or Modifying Child Support
Without any documented agreement to the contrary, child support ends when the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs latter. Most child support is paid through automatic withholding through the State Disbursement Unit (SDU). In these cases, a termination clause in the withholding order will terminate child support automatically without the need to return to court.
Modification of child support otherwise can occur to adjust child support due to significant net income changes.
Termination of child support does not necessarily mean the end of financial support. The court has the discretion to order either parent to financially contribute to the child's post high school education.
Contact a Child Support Lawyer in Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane and Will County
For assistance with any child support matter, contact a knowledgeable family law attorneyat Wakenight & Associates, P.C.
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