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Elgin, Illinois Child Support Attorney

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Skilled Child Support Lawyer Serving Bartlett, Streamwood and Northern Illinois

Under Illinois law, both parents bear financial responsibility for the care of their child. Consequently, the one that is not the primary residential parent typically pays child support to the other parent. In 2016, child custody laws changed, which also affected child support. At Canning Law Offices, we are familiar with these changes and how they may impact our current and future clients. We make sure you also understand Illinois child support laws and how they apply to your specific circumstances. We strongly advocate for our clients rights in child support matters and the rights of the children involved.

Understanding Child Support Guidelines

The actual calculations for determining a parent's child support obligation are straightforward in Illinois. The amount that is owed in child support is determined primarily by statutory guidelines, and those guidelines are based on the paying parent's net income as follows:

Number of Children Percent of Net Income
1 20%
2 28%
3 32%
4 40%
5 45%
6 or more 50%

While there may be some dispute over what constitutes net income, the court generally holds firm to these guidelines. In certain specific circumstances, the court may deviate from the guidelines and order that additional financial contributions are required from the paying spouse. These contributions may go towards health expenses, daycare and education costs, and extracurricular activities. The court can use its discretion when ruling on additional expenses with the best interests of the child as the guiding principle.

Child Support Modifications and Enforcement

As financial circumstances of one or both parents change over time, modifications to child support obligations are sometimes warranted. For example, the paying parent may get a significant raise and the receiving parent may petition the court to increase child support. These types of changes may be negotiated through attorneys or litigated in court. Our law firm is skilled in handling child support modifications. We can also assist with legal remedies for enforcement matters. If your co-parent is not paying child support as ordered by the court, there are legal options available to you.

If you are looking for experienced legal representation for your child support or divorce matter, contact Canning Law Offices at 847-742-0420 to schedule a free consultation. We will discuss how Illinois guidelines and exceptions will apply in your situation and answer any questions you may have. We make it easy to schedule a consultation by offering evening and weekend appointments. Our firm represents clients throughout Kane, McHenry, and DeKalb Counties.