Child support under Illinois law

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In Illinois, child support is the legal right of a child. Neither a parent nor his or her lawyer may waive child support. In fact, supporting a minor/dependent child is an obligation of both parents. Generally speaking, the parent with residential care of a child is supporting the child by providing shelter, food, clothing, schooling, medical and related needs for the child. The parent with whom the child visits pays a percentage of his or her income to the residential parent toward the support of the child. In Illinois, the legislature has set forth a minimum statutory guideline for payment of child support based upon the number of children a couple is supporting. The 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 based on numerous factors. A lawyer is in the best position to make the case either for or against deviation from statutory guidelines.
If you find yourself facing the complications of a divorce in Lake County, or Waukegan Illinois, contact our experienced child support lawyers for a free consultation on how we can help you be informed about and protect your rights and your livelihood during this difficult process.