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Chicago Child Support Lawyer

North Shore child support attorney

Chicago Family Law Attorney For Child Support Orders and Obligations in Cook County and Surrounding Areas

In most cases in Illinois and throughout the United States in which a child has two known parents, they are both legally obligated to contribute financially to the child's well-being. When you are married, chances are that you do not give child support a second thought, as financial support for your children simply comes from your combined household income. However, if you get a divorce, or if you are not married to your child's other parent, it will be important to determine how child support obligations will be handled.

At The Law Offices of George J. Skuros, we understand that child support can be a concern, both because of your desire to provide for your children and your own possible financial constraints. We provide quality legal representation informed by over 30 years of experience, and we will work to ensure that your children have the resources they need and that you are treated fairly, whether you are the paying or receiving parent.

Child Support Calculations in Illinois

Since 2017, Illinois has used an income shares model to determine each parent's child support obligations. This model uses a calculation in which the two parents' monthly net incomes are added together and compared to a schedule maintained by the state's Department of Healthcare and Family Services that outlines the expected amount that a household with that income would contribute to the basic costs of raising a child. When support must be ordered for more than one child, the amount of these basic costs is adjusted accordingly.

The calculation then determines the percentage of the basic child support obligation that each parent should be responsible for based on their income and other relevant factors, including their allocated parenting time and other child support or spousal support obligations that they may have. The parent with the minority of the parenting time will usually be ordered to make regular payments to the other.

As you prepare for your child support order, we can help you understand these calculations so that you have an idea of what you will be expected to contribute, and we will also stand up for your interests to ensure that the outcome does not cause you unnecessary financial hardship.

Special Child Support Expenses

Often, children have important needs beyond those that are included in the basic child support obligation. When this is the case, a child support order may be adjusted to reflect other child-related expenses. Depending on your situation, this may include the costs of education, extracurricular activities, child care, health care, and special physical, mental, or developmental needs. Parents can also be ordered to contribute to college expenses for a child who is over 18 years of age. It is important to note that these additional obligations are usually based on what your children could have expected while you were still married, and we will work to ensure that your obligation remains within your financial means even with these added expenses.

Cook County Child Support Enforcement and Modification

After a child support order is issued, you may need assistance to ensure that the other parent follows its terms. If they are consistently late or missing payments, we can help you petition for enforcement to ensure that they make amends or risk facing consequences, including fines, income withholding, driver's license suspension, jail time, and criminal charges of contempt of court or failure to support.

If your income or earning capacity or your children's needs change after your divorce, we can help you pursue a modification to the original order so that the payment obligations better account for your current situation. This may mean making the case for a recalculation of the basic support obligation or petitioning the court for a special adjustment based on the circumstances.

Contact a Mount Prospect Child Support Attorney

For an issue like child support that deeply affects your family, you need an experienced attorney who can stand up for you and your children. Contact us for a free consultation at 312-884-1222. We serve clients in Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Schaumburg, Inverness, Park Ridge, Chicago, the North Shore, and surrounding areas throughout Cook County.

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