• Three Routes to Establishing Paternity in Illinois

    Paternity is a legal concept that refers to the identity of a child’s biological father, and there are different reasons why various individuals would want to make parentage official under Illinois law. The child’s mother may want to establish paternity to file for child support, as there must be an official record before a court can enter such an order; A man who contests that he is the biological father may want an official determination of parentage because he would[...]

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  • New Illinois Law on Child Support: Developing Trends in Divorce Cases

    Almost a year has passed since the new Illinois child support law went into effect and already certain trends are developing to shape how divorce cases proceed in the state. In general, the statute has changed how the amount of child support is determined, which reflects the new reality of a shared approach to parenting. As such, the focus is no longer on what the noncustodial parent should pay to the custodial parent to cover the costs of raising the[...]

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  • How Do I Calculate Child Support Under the “Income Shares” Model?

    Many families in Illinois are just learning about the new “income shares” model for child support that took effect on July 1, 2017. As we have previously discussed, Illinois child support used to work in such a way that the custodial parent paid child support to the noncustodial parent. This was known as the “percentage of obligor net income” model.  Now, however, the state uses an “income shares” model. This means that the net incomes of both parents are taken[...]

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  • Why Should I Develop a Parenting Plan?

    If you are in the process of filing for divorce or are thinking about filing for divorce in Chicago, it is important to know about how a parenting plan can give you control and flexibility with regard to your kids. As you may know, in some cases, the court enters an allocation judgment through which it allocates parental responsibilities and parenting time. Yet this is not necessarily true in every case. When parents can come to an agreement about parental[...]

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  • Get Ready for Illinois’s Child Support Law Changes

    There are major changes coming to the way child support is calculated in Chicago, Illinois. Beginning on July 1, 2017, these changes will take effect. What do you need to know? In short, the state of Illinois will shift from a “percentage of net income” model of child support to an “income shares” model of child support. This means that courts no longer will take a percentage of the payor parent’s net income in awarding child support, but instead will[...]

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