Belleville Child Support Attorneys
Legal Help with Child Support in Illinois
Child support is a crucial element of any divorce or child custody proceeding. Individuals on both sides of this issue — those paying support and those receiving support — want to feel confident that the amount being paid is a fair amount.
Illinois Child Support Guidelines
The amount of child support owed in Illinois is calculated pursuant to statute. 750 ILCS 5/505. Illinois law requires the noncustodial parent to pay a percentage of his or her income. The percentage amount depends on the number of children involved:
- 1 child – 20% of the noncustodial parent’s income;
- 2 children – 28% of the noncustodial parent’s net income;
- 3 children – 32% of the noncustodial parent’s net income;
- 4 children – 40% of the noncustodial parent’s net income;
- 5 children – 45% of the noncustodial parent’s net income; and
- 6 or more children – 50% of the noncustodial parent’s net income.
These guidelines are applied to each child custody case unless the court makes a finding that the amount determined in the guidelines would be inappropriate after considering the best interests of the child.
In order for the court to make a finding that a “deviation” from the statutory amount of child support is warranted, you need to argue one of the following factors:
- The financial resources and needs of the child The financial resources and needs of the custodial parent;
- The standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marriage not been dissolved, the separation not occurred, or if the parties had married;
- The physical and emotional condition of the child and his or her educational needs; and
- The financial resources and needs of the noncustodial parent Calculating child support payments and determining the amount of support you may be entitled to receive is difficult without the assistance of a lawyer who understands the Illinois child support system.
Calculating child support payments and determining the amount of support you may be entitled to receive is difficult without the assistance of a lawyer who understands the Illinois child support system.
Child Support and Higher Education
In Illinois, child support stops when the child reaches 18 or graduates from high school. However, both parents can be required to contribute to college expenses under a separate Illinois statue. The amount of college and post high school support is determined not just by the income of the parents, but by both the income and assets of both parents and the child, as well as considering all scholarships and loans, the cost of the school, and numerous other factors. It is a complicated process that requires a highly skilled Belleville family law attorney to navigate you though to obtain the best possible result.
Calculating child support payments and determining the amount of support is difficult without the assistance of a lawyer who understands the Illinois child support system. Our family law attorneys not only determine child support amounts with accuracy and efficiency, but also explain the support guidelines, and how the laws will likely impact your case.
Contact an experienced Belleville child support lawyer at Hipskind & McAninch, LLC for a FREE initial consultation so that we can discuss the case and your options. We understand that you may need assistance beyond the usual 9 to 5 business hours, which is why we ask that you call whenever you need legal assistance at 618.641.9189 (IL) or 314.312.2930 (MO). We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
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