Some divorced parents choose to avoid the courts when arranging child support payments. Unfortunately, as a result, their children may not receive all the money to which they are entitled under the law, or the non-custodial parent may be paying more than the law provides. Illinois sets guidelines for the amount of child support one parent must pay the other.
Calculation of Child Support:
- 20% for one child
- 28% of two children
- 32% for three children
- 40% for four children
- 45% for five children
- 50% for six or more children.
- Health needs not covered by insurance
- Child care
- Extracurricular activities.
- Federal income tax
- State income tax
- Social Security
- Mandatory retirement contributions
- Union dues
- Dependent and individual health insurance premiums
- Prior obligations of support or maintenance
- Debt expenses that are reasonable and necessary for the production of income;
- Medical expenses that are necessary for preservation of life
- Reasonable expenses for the benefit of the child or other parent that are not gifts.
Court Orders: Why Divorced Parents Need Attorneys
Once a Court Order is entered, the attorney can assist you in changing the amount of child support awarded based on a substantial change of circumstances, such as when the non-custodial parent experiences a change in income. Overall, hiring a family law attorney helps provide your family all the support to which it is entitled under the law.