Divorce and Family Law
Our lawyers at Bruning & Associates, P.C. recognize that child support laws can be difficult to understand, and the issue can be a contentious one. Whether you are the payor or recipient, you have important rights to protect. We are ready to explain the relevant concepts and advocate on your behalf in court, so please contact us today. You can schedule a complimentary consultation with an Illinois child support attorney, though you might also benefit from reviewing some background information.
The child support calculation also considers the amount of overnight parenting time or visitation exercised by each parent. When they share equal parenting time, at least 146 overnights per year, Illinois law uses a multiplier to estimate the obligation. If one parent has more parenting time than the other, the child support amount will be adjusted to account for the variance.
Note that a court is allowed to deviate from the income shares model and baseline child support amount. A judge may order a decrease when the payor parent earns a lower income, but it is also common to increase the obligation. If it is in the child’s best interests, the court will assess:
- The standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the parents stayed married.
- The child’s educational needs.
- The financial resources of both parents.
The child support obligation continues until the child turns 18 years old, or 19 years old if he or she is still in high school. Still, a court can order amounts for a non-minor’s educational expenses, including:
- Room and board
- Tuition and school fees
- Amounts for books and supplies
- Utilities, food, and other living expenses
The divorce lawyers at Bruning & Associates, P.C. are expertly trained to prosecute and defend all types of child support claims.
Temporary Child Support
Modifications of Child Support
- The payor loses a job or experiences a significant reduction in income, involuntarily.
- The child’s needs have changed, particularly with respect to health concerns.
- The parents have modified the residential arrangement and/or parenting time, either by agreement or through modification proceedings.
- One parent sought to relocate with the child, which request was approved by a judge.
In such cases, the amount of child support may be increased or decreased depending upon the circumstances. Child support modifications in most cases are effective as of the date of the filing of a motion to increase or decrease the payment amount.
To avoid overpaying or receiving less than you are entitled to, immediately contact a Bruning & Associates, P.C. divorce lawyer if your financial circumstances permit you to increase the child support that you receive, or if your circumstances permit you to decrease the amount you pay for child support.
Enforcing Child Support Orders
Our Illinois Child Support Lawyers Will Assist with Important Legal Tasks
Serving divorce clients in child support, temporary child support, and modifications of child support matters in Northern Illinois, including Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, McHenry County, Lake County, Will County, Boone County, DeKalb County, Kendall County, LaSalle County, and Winnebago County.