Parents are obligated to support their children until they reach the age of 18, although it’s possible for a court to order support for a child obtaining higher education. It can be a long time from the date of your divorce until these obligations end, and during those years, your children’s needs and your financial situation are likely to change. For capable and concerned legal counsel regarding child custody matters from divorce to post-judgment modification and enforcement actions, you can rely on the Arami Law Office.
Illinois law recognizes that children have a right to support from both parents, but it does not calculate support based on their combined income. Instead, one parent is named the obligor,” who is required to pay a percentage of net income to the recipient parent. In most cases, the obligor is the noncustodial parent, so the law assumes the recipient parent is already paying something for the children’s support while exercising physical custody. Child support is designed to maintain children at the standard of living they would have enjoyed had the parents not gotten a divorce.
Illinois uses a precise mathematical calculation for basic child support. However, the court has discretion to order obligors to pay additional amounts for lifestyle expenses, including:
A court also considers the specific children in question. For example, if a child has special needs, the court may order additional payments for associated expenses.
Like many other states, Illinois has developed resources to facilitate child support payments, and the courts have enforcement powers that enable them to garnish wages and tax refunds and even incarcerate obligors who have the means to pay but refuse. It’s never a good idea to fall behind on child support payments, yet many obligors do become delinquent, often for the following reasons:
Whether you are paying or receiving child support, you want a fair result. The Arami Law Office has extensive experience negotiating complex child support issues inside the Loop and throughout the entire Chicago, Illinois region. Call us today at 312-212-1399 or online to schedule a free initial consultation.
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