Understanding Child Support In Illinois
The state of Illinois has made a significant change to its child support law, and this new law will be in effect starting in July 2017. In the previous child support law, the amount of child support was calculated using a percentage of the non-custodial parent’s income and the number of children.
The new child support law uses an income-sharing model that takes each parent’s amount of parenting time and responsibilities into account, as well as the income of each parent. This new law aims to better address children’s needs while taking into account the financial resources of both parents.
As a divorce lawyer with more than 30 years of family law experience in Wheaton and the western Chicago suburbs, Terry Fawell can help you understand the Illinois child support guidelines and show you how your payments will be determined.
More Information About Child Support
- Child support payments are calculated as a specific dollar amount and are based upon the noncustodial parent’s net income.
- In most cases, the noncustodial parent is also required to pay half of day care and out-of-pocket medical and dental expenses.
- In Illinois, the father usually pays for the child’s health coverage.
- Child support continues until the child reaches age 18 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later.
Can Child Support Be Changed?
Child support can be modified if there is a substantial change in either parent’s financial circumstances.