As a parent, you want your child to have every advantage in life. Unfortunately, the costs are nearly impossible to afford strictly on your income alone. Having a valid child support order is vitally important in providing for your children’s basic needs while also ensuring they have the experiences, opportunities, and material items they need to succeed in life. Whether you are just beginning the process of filing for support or you currently have an order in place, making sure your children get the maximum amount they are entitled to is a top priority.
Parents have a moral duty and a legal obligation to provide for their children. Under the Illinois Statutes, parents who are single or married and going through a divorce can seek a child support order through the courts, which helps ensure this important debt is paid.
There are general guidelines that influence the amount of child support ordered. Bear in mind, though, that these reflect the basic support obligation. In any situation, there are likely to be additional expenses and needs that your children have that need to be brought to the court’s attention. These may include:
In calculating the amount of child support that must be paid, the judge will consider each parent’s income and expenses. Both are required to submit financial affidavits to the court that reflect these amounts. If there are any major financial changes, a child support modification may be requested. These include:
If you suspect you are not getting the child support you deserve, reach out to the Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group. Contact our office to request a consultation with our Chicago child support attorneys today.
There are many factors to consider when contemplating divorce, and a pre-divorce planning session can help you begin to plan for a divorce. Please contact the professionals at the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group by calling (312) 585-6604 or clicking here to schedule a consultation.