Child Support Attorney Palatine, IL
Once the issue of who will retain the residential placement of a child is resolved, the next issue that separated parents face is who will be responsible for paying child support. Because both parents have a legal obligation to support a child, it is the non-custodial parent who will (likely) be ordered to pay child support to the custodial parent. The Law Offices of Jenet G. Pequeno, LLC can help you to understand how a child support amount is calculated, how to enforce a child support order, how to modify an existing child support order, and if a deviation from child support guidelines is warranted.
How Is Child Support Determined in Illinois?
The courts of Illinois consider a number of factors when making a determination about how much child support a parent should be liable for. These factors include, but are not limited to:
- The number of children for whom the support order will apply;
- The monthly net income of the person who will be ordered to pay support;
- Health insurance costs and children’s health needs;
- Prior existing orders of child support for children of prior relationships;
- Children’s special needs (such as disabilities); and
- Existing spousal maintenance orders.
According to Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, the minimum guideline amount of money that a party must pay in child support is:
- 20 percent of income for one child;
- 28 percent of income for two children;
- 32 percent of income for three children;
- 40 percent of income for four children;
- 45 percent of income for five children; and
- 50 percent of income for six children or more.
The Mandatory Nature of Child Support Orders
A child support order is not optional; those who have been ordered by a court to pay child support must do so on time and in full without exception. The failure to pay child support is a violation of a court order, and may result in court sanctions. This is true even if the individual who is liable for child support loses their job or has a significant change in circumstances, although these may be justification for a modification of a child support order, if a petition to do so is filed properly with the court. If your child’s parent has failed to make their payments, or if you need to modify an existing order due to a significant change in circumstances, the family law attorney of The Law Offices of Jenet G. Pequeno, LLC can assist you.
We Understand How Important Child Support Is – Let Us Help
At The Law Offices of Jenet G. Pequeno, LLC, we understand how important it is that you receive the child support to which you are entitled. If you are having difficulty obtaining a support order, we can help. You can request a consultation with us today to learn more about Illinois’ child support laws and your rights – contact us today by calling (847) 616-0980.