Chicago Attorneys Helping Women Establish Child Support

For many mothers, getting child support established during a divorce or separation is important for maintaining stability in the home. Unfortunately, this often becomes a point of contention for the parent who is obligated to pay support, but it is an important responsibility. Parents need to understand that child support is not a form of punishment for the paying parent, nor is it a free ride for the receiving parent ― it is about doing what is best for the children!

At the Women's Divorce & Family Law Group in Chicago, we help clients achieve fair child support arrangements that meet the needs of children and parents. Our experience includes handling complex cases where parents have unique child custody arrangements, parents who have children with special needs, high-asset divorce settlements, and (all too commonly) with a parent hiding or concealing sources of income.

Illinois Child Support Guidelines

In Illinois, the amount of child support a noncustodial parent is obligated to pay depends on his or her net income and the number of children for which he or she is responsible. The minimum of what may be ordered is as follows:

  • 1 child - 20% of the noncustodial parent's net income
  • 2 children - 28% of the noncustodial parent's net income
  • 3 children - 32% of the noncustodial parent's net income
  • 4 children - 40% of the noncustodial parent's net income
  • 5 children - 45% of the noncustodial parent's net income
  • 6 or more children - 50% of the noncustodial parent's net income

These guidelines are applied to each child custody case unless the court makes a finding that the amount determined in the guidelines would be inappropriate after considering the best interests of the child. Relevant factors for deviations may include, but are not limited to:

  • The financial resources and needs of the child
  • The financial resources and needs of the custodial parent
  • The standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marriage not been dissolved, the separation not occurred, or if the parties had married
  • The physical and emotional condition of the child and his or her educational needs
  • The financial resources and needs of the noncustodial parent

Calculating child support payments and determining the amount of support you may be entitled to receive is difficult without the assistance of a lawyer who understands the Illinois child support system. Our family law attorneys not only determine child support amounts with accuracy and efficiency, but also explain the support guidelines, and how the laws will likely impact your case.

Enforcement of Child Support

Child support is meaningless if the paying parent is not following the rules or court orders. We can help with enforcement to ensure you are getting the support that you're entitled to.

Contact Us for Assistance

At the Women's Divorce & Family Law Group, we understand that child support can be a delicate issue for divorcing parents, and we work diligently to make sure that you and your children are awarded the amount of support that the law requires. Please contact our offices in downtown Chicago, Lake Forest or Lisle if you have questions regarding support for your children.