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Both parents have a duty to support their children. The amount of child support paid by one party to the other is determined by the respective incomes of each of the parties and the amount of parenting time allocated to each of them.
Child Support Guidelines in Illinois
The legislature directed the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to adopt rules establishing child support guidelines. Determining the amount a parent must pay in child support requires evaluating every facet of the child’s upbringing, along with the time each parent cares for the child (or children) and the gross income of each parent. The parent who cares for a child less than fifty percent of the time is typically required to provide child support to the other parent.
At Steven J. Brody & Associates, Ltd., our child support attorney brings a financial background to this process, which can be extremely valuable in fairly resolving child support matters. Our child support attorney has over 20 years serving as a divorce lawyer and representing people throughout McHenry, Kane, and the surrounding counties with skill, dedication, and experience.
Child Support Enforcement
It is not uncommon for a parent to miss child support payments. This often leads to financial stress for the custodial parent, who relies on these payments to help cover the cost of raising a child. In our state, the Child Support Enforcement Division of the Attorney General’s Office works with other agencies to ensure parents receive the child support ordered by the court. Various actions can be taken to achieve resolution, which could include garnishing wages, placing liens on personal property, and imposing penalties that may include professional license suspension.
The enforcement actions can continue for as long as necessary. Our firm can take action for you to resolve any child support matter, including decreasing or increasing the amount, pursuing unpaid child support, or negotiating the amount to be paid with the other party’s attorney. We are experienced negotiators who know when to apply pressure and when to ease off, all with the goal of achieving a positive result.
In child support matters, the court may make provisions for health insurance, uncovered health care costs, educational expenses, and other activities. Child support generally terminates with respect to each child when the child reaches 18 and graduates from high school, but not later than the child’s 19th birthday.
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