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How Child Support Laws Work for You and Your Children

 Posted on October 23, 2014 in Child Custody

child support laws, contested divorce, DuPage County family law attorney, non-custodial parent, divorce process, child custody agreement, asset divisionContested divorces that involve children can quickly turn into long and stressful battles. To make matters more complicated, every case is unique. Therefore, it is difficult to predict or estimate the outcome of any case. Complicated legal papers and long court hearings can consume a person's schedule. However, having a clear understanding of your state's child support laws may help during these emotionally turbulent times. Sitting down with an attorney is a useful step for families working through custody and support issues. Lawyers with comprehensive experience can offer a more informed approach to sorting out the legal work.

The Basics of Child Support

According to Illinois Child Support Services, the court will first analyze the non-custodial parent's income to arrive at a suitable custody payment. Certain key factors, such as income, special needs of the parent, and needs of the child, are taken under consideration. In most cases involving one child, 20 percent of the non-custodial parent's income goes to child support. This amount increases to 28 percent for two children and 32 percent for three. The court will also consider unique financial concerns for both parents. In addition, the ultimate child-support amount may be unique to the particular case.

As is the case with child custody, the court's decision on child support centers on the best interests of the child. Therefore, the scope of child support expands beyond food and shelter and it may also include healthcare, daycare, or other expenses. While a percentage of the non-custodial parent's income is almost always guaranteed for child support, other factors are not so predictable. These may include the child custody agreement and asset division.

If you are going through a divorce or separation and suspect a child custody battle with your ex, a DuPage County family law attorney can help you understand child support laws. With more than 30 years of experience, The Illinois Law Office of Stock, Carlson & Asso. LLC understands how stressful this moment is for you. We want to help you through it. Call us today at 630-665-2500 to set up a consultation.

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