Child Support Lawyer Waukegan IL 60031: When considering child support, know that any agreement you may come to with your spouse will not have the weight that other agreements you make during your divorce proceeding. Child support is designed to help your child, not your spouse. Thus, Illinois has taken steps to ensure that your child will receive what it thinks your child needs, rather than what your spouse may think he or she needs. Although payments are determined by a simple formula, that payment may be altered depending on your circumstances.
An effective attorney like Matthew Stanton can ensure that your needs are presented in the best light when child support is determined. If you are going through a divorce in Chicagoland like Lake or northern Cook Counties, including in Vernon Hills, Kenilworth, Lake Bluff, Glencoe, or Barrington Hills, do not hesitate to contact him.
How much do you owe at the outset?
The amount the noncustodial parent owes to the custodial parent depends on how many children he or she is supporting. Depending on the number of children, the noncustodial will owe the following percentages of their net income,
20% for one child
28% for two children
32% for three children
40% for four children
45% for five children
50% for six or more children
How can we adjust the formula?
The court can, within its discretion, modify these payments. In doing so, the court will consider the custody agreement itself. If your custody agreement essentially splits the time that each parent will have the children, it is likely that payments will be decreased. If your visitation is limited to every other weekend and a couple of weeks per summer, it probably will not be changed.
In addition to the custodial arrangements, the court will also consider:
The child’s standard of living if the parents had stayed together
The child’s physical and emotional condition
The child’s educational needs
The financial resources and needs of the child and both parents
How can I terminate or modify child support?
To change your child support obligations, you must be able to show a change in material circumstances. Support generally only terminates when the child turns 18. If the child still attends high school at this time, then payments will be extended until they turn 19 or graduate from high school. In some circumstances, you may be required to continue supporting the child while they attend college.