How much child support should I expect to pay?

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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 child support order may also be modified by a judge in the future if certain guidelines are met and a change in circumstances can be shown.  It is best to have an experienced family law attorney to help you determine the appropriate amount that should be paid. 
If you find yourself facing the complications of dealing with support 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.