When you need a child support lawyer in Illinois, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck can help.
Custody is an important issue in most family law cases, but the debate over parental rights doesn’t stop there. An equally important issue addresses financial support for the child. Although a child may live with one parent more than the other, both parents are typically responsible for providing funds for food, clothing, healthcare, and other basic needs. Illinois law recognizes this and has requirements in place to protect the child’s standard of living.
At Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, our child support attorneys ensure Illinois parents receive fair child support rulings. We help clients prepare proper documentation to present to the courts, and we secure favorable outcomes on their behalf.
How Do Courts Determine Child Support Amounts?
Illinois law and state statutory guidelines dictate the amount as a set percentage of the payer’s net income. Currently, this is 20% for one child, but it increases with each additional child. It is important to remember that the payer’s net income has certain exclusions, such as taxes, health insurance, and other mandated obligations. This also excludes any existing child support payments from previous relationships.
If the evidence supports an amount that differs from the state guidelines, the courts may also determine rulings on a case-by-case basis. This is why proper documents prepared by an experienced child support lawyer in Illinois is key to a fair judgment.
In most cases, child support payments end when the child turns 18. However, special circumstances may dictate that payments continue. This includes a child’s disability or delayed graduation from high school.
How Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Can Help?
As Illinois child support laws change, the method of determining payment amounts may change as well. Schiller DuCanto & Fleck's Illinois child support attorneys are at the forefront of understanding these changes to help their clients present the best case possible to optimize results. We also work from payer and recipient perspectives to determine a child support agreement that the court will find fair and appropriate.
Contact our child support attorneys in Chicago, Lake Forest, and Wheaton to consultation.