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Child Support Lawyer in Chicago, IL Safeguards Your Rights

Aggressive pursuit of fair outcomes during and after divorce by child support attorney

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.

What does Chicago child support cover?

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:

  • Private school tuition
  • College savings, tuition and living expenses
  • Enrichment activities (sports, travel teams, the arts, summer camp, etc.)

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.

Child support modification and enforcement represented by child support attorneys at the Arami Law Office

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:

  • Retaliation — Many obligors have the mistaken notion that child support payments are linked to their visitation rights, so when custodial parents interfere with the noncustodial parent’s time with the children, the obligors may withhold payment. This type of self-help makes the obligor look bad to the court and gives a custodial parent further ammunition to make the obligor’s life miserable. The best option is to retain a family law attorney and take the custodial parent to court for violating the visitation order. This could be a basis for modifying your child custody order.
  • Financial hardship — Obligors can fall on hard times. If this happens to you, you should know that you have the right to have your child support order reevaluated every three years or at any time you experience a significant change in circumstances. If you can demonstrate hardship, the court may grant a modification of your child custody payment based on a percentage of your current net income.

Contact our Chicago attorney for child support disputes during and after divorce

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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