August 25, 2020
When parents get a divorce or otherwise part ways in their relationship, child support payments ordered through the courts help to ensure their children’s well-being. Once a child support order in Illinois is put in place, it can be legally enforced. There are harsh penalties for being late in these payments or for failing to pay the amount owed. However, there are situations in which the judge may opt to make modifications to the child support order. The following are four common issues that could reduce the amount of child support you are owed.
Under the Illinois Statutes, parents are legally required to provide financially for their children, regardless of the nature of their relationship. In cases of divorce, child custody and support will be dealt with as part of these proceedings. If the parents are unmarried, paternity may need to be established first, followed by a separate cause of action regarding child support and parenting plans.
In either scenario, the judge will consider various factors in determining the amount of child support that should be paid. In addition to factoring in arrangements made through an Illinois parenting plan, the judge will consider each parent’s income, their other obligations, and the child’s needs. Once a formal child support order is issued, there are harsh penalties for not paying. However, circumstances can change and there are situations in which the paying parent may request a child support modification, reducing the amount they owe. Common situations in which this may occur include:
At the Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group, we protect your rights to child support and help ensure you get the maximum amount you are owed. To discuss your case, contact our Chicago child support attorneys and request a consultation today.