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Illinois Child Support Family Law Attorneys

Wheaton child support attorneys

Child Support Legal Services in DuPage County

Usually when parents file for divorce or legal separation, one of the most contested issues between them is child support. Since child support payments determine how well a child will be provided for, both parents need to know how child support payments will be calculated in Illinois.

While child support payments from a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent in Illinois used to be calculated using a percentage of the non-custodial parent's income, this is no longer the case. Following a modification to Illinois law that went into effect in July of 2017, child support payments are now determined based on both parents' combined income and each parent's percentage share of that combined income.

To calculate child support payments, a "basic child support obligation" will be determined based on the parents' combined income and the number of children they share. This amount will represent what the parents would have spent to provide food, clothing, and shelter for their children if they were still married. The amount of the obligation will be divided between the parents based on their percentage share of the combined income. In most cases, the custodial parent who has the majority of the parenting time will receive child support payments from the other parent.

In some cases, each parent's amount of parenting time may also be factored in to the child support calculations. This will be necessary in "shared physical care" situations where children will spend at least 40% of their time, or 146 overnight stays per year, with each parent. Parents may also be required to divide the costs of expenses related to the child's needs, such as medical, dental, and daycare.

At Stock, Carlson & Duff LLC, our attorneys understand there are a variety of complex disputes that can occur in a divorce, especially where children are concerned. Not only are there issues involving child support, but disputes over custody and visitation rights and possible questions about paternity may also add to the frustration regarding child support.

Legal Representation for Child Support Modifications

Each of our attorneys have over 40 years of experience representing families throughout DuPage County and in cities throughout northern Illinois, including Chicago, and we have taken on numerous cases relating to family law disputes over child support. We are trained in mediation, and as with any complication that may occur during a divorce proceeding, we are highly skilled litigators as well.

If changes to income should happen, due to loss of employment or a significant increase or decrease in one parent's wages, Stock, Carlson & Duff LLC will work as a team to handle any necessary petition for modifications. We will help ensure that the changes to your child support order will continue to provide for your child's needs while ensuring that you can maintain financial security.

Contact a Naperville Child Support Attorney Today

Contact our child support attorneys in Wheaton, Illinois by calling 630-665-2500 today. We can answer all of your child support questions during an initial consultation. Our attorneys represent clients and families in DuPage, Cook, Kane, and Lake Counties with one goal in mind: to not be a part of the problem, but instead to be a part of the solution. Contact us. We can help.

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