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Child Support

How Illinois Determines When Child Support Starts and Stops

Determining when child support payments begin and end is based on a number of variables like the child's age, physical or mental ability, and the child's enrollment in school. Typically, parents in Illinois have the legal responsibility to provide financial support for their dependent children from … [...]

The Emergence of Deadbeat Moms

Although deadbeat dads get a bad wrap, many moms fail to take care of their child support obligations when fathers are awarded custody. Deadbeat moms who do not fulfill their obligations are subject to the same penalties as fathers who do not pay child support. Statistics on Deadbeat Moms Deadbeat … [...]

Collecting Child Support from Deadbeat Parents

Enforcing child support orders is crucial to providing for the health and well-being of a child following a divorce. Parents who shirk their responsibility to pay child support create considerable burdens on the primary parent. Across the country, it is estimated that approximately 37.5 million … [...]

Do Unwed Fathers Have Paternal Rights in Illinois?

In Illinois, unwed fathers seeking paternal rights must first establish legal paternity. A child support attorney Chicago who knows state laws can address concerns about paternity, visitation, custody, and child support. (Article continues below Infographic) ______ Paternal Rights in … [...]

Income Changes May Affect Child Support

When parental income is either significantly reduced or increased it could affect the amount of child support required to be paid in Illinois. Child support laws and guidelines can be complicated, and recent modifications to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) effective … [...]

Income Shares Legislation’s Impact on Parents

New legislation related to child support will completely change the manner in which child support is calculated in Illinois. (Article continues below Infographic) New Law Public Act 99-764 was signed into law by Governor Rauner in August 2016. The law is set to go into on July 1, 2017. The new … [...]

Chicago’s New “Income Shares” Approach To Child Support For 2017

The income shares method of calculating child support is the most commonly used method in the United States. More than 38 states use this method, and Illinois will use it to replace the old percentage of obligor model on July 1, 2017. This new method calculates child support based on the gross … [...]

Paying For College: Child Support Considerations

Twenty-two out of the 33 hottest career fields require college degrees, and determining who will pay for college expenses is frequently hotly litigated in Illinois child support cases. Judges consider a number of different factors when they are determining how to divide college tuition and … [...]

New Guidelines on Child Support in Illinois

Calculating child support in Illinois is no longer a simple matter of calculating percentages. Beginning in July 1, 2017, courts in the state will begin using new calculations that are designed to make sharing the expenses of raising children more equitable. Existing child support guidelines … [...]

New Divorce Laws May Impact Your Child’s College Education

On January 1, 2016, changes that impact college expenses for non-minor children were made to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Changes to Section 513 of this act may alter current obligations of divorced parents with children in college. Recent changes and the impact they have … [...]