Calculating Child Support Obligations in Illinois

Serving Waukegan, Libertyville, Lake County, Gurnee & nearby areas of Illinois

There are many components to supporting a child of parents who are divorced or were never married: emotional, custodial and financial. In Illinois, the legislature has set forth a minimum statutory guideline for financial support based upon the number of children a couple is supporting.

The child support guidelines are as follows:

1  Child..................................20% of net income
2  Children.............................28% of net income
3  Children.............................32% of net income
4  Children.............................40% of net income
5  Children.............................45% of net income
6  Children.............................50% of net income

A court may deviate above or below these guidelines upon the showing of a need for such a deviation.  Obtaining a deviation can be complex and you should hire a lawyer to assist you in this regard.  Some of the factors a Court may consider in deviating from the guidelines include:

  • The financial resources and needs of the child
  • The financial resources and needs of the parents
  • The standard of living the child would have enjoyed had a marriage not been dissolved
  • The physical and emotional condition of the child and the child's educational needs

Child support is separate from, but in some circumstances related to, maintenance payments commonly known as alimony.  Your child support lawyer will make sure it is accounted for during the negotiation of settlement terms.

If you find yourself facing the complications of child custody or a divorce in Libertyville, Lake County, or Waukegan Illinois, contact the experienced child support lawyers at the Law Offices of Thaddeus M. Bond, Jr, & Associates, P.C, at (847) 599-9101 for a free consultation on how we can help you be informed about and protect your rights and your livelihood during this difficult process.

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