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Does Child Support Include College Expenses?

Typically child support ends when a child turns 18, but in cases where a child decides to attend post-high school education in some form, support payments often need to continue. Parents who have primary custody of a child who is entering the college years may need to work with a family law attorney … [...]

What Is Imputed Income in a Child Support Case?

If an Illinois court uses a higher income than what a parent is actually earning to calculate child support payments, it is referred to as imputed income. This may happen if the divorcing spouse is able to prove to the court that the other parent is intentionally earning less than he or she could be … [...]

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 … [...]

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. … [...]

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 … [...]