The State of Illinois requires that both parents financially support a child. When a couple lives together, it is assumed that the support comes from the family income. When a couple divorces or separates, a child support agreement must be formalized as part of the divorce agreement.
Child support refers to the money the non-custodial spouse must pay to the spouse with physical custody in order to assist with the everyday costs of raising a child, including child care, school tuition, housing, clothing, medical care, after school activities, and recreation. Child support payments in Illinois are usually made until the youngest child reaches age 18 or graduates from high school.
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Calculating Child Support in Chicago
Illinois generally calculates the final amount using a complex algebraic equation. However, every situation is unique. Your child support payments may be higher or lower depending on your individual circumstances.
Payment guidelines attempt to approximate how much a parent would theoretically spend on a child if the divorce did not occur. The amount of support is usually calculated based on the non-custodial parent’s income and ability to pay, the financial needs of the children, and the number of children requiring support. However, a support order must also take into account any special needs a child has.
Chicago Child Custody and Support Lawyers
Petrelli Previtera can help make sure your family gets fair support. If you would like an estimate of child support, please contact our office. Our Chicago child support lawyer uses the same software in Illinois courts to find guideline support amounts. Whether you are paying support, receiving support, or trying to determine a post-divorce budget, we can calculate the numbers for you. Call us at 312-252-2085 to schedule a consultation.
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