Child support calculations are important, and many times, not calculated correctly.
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services provides an online child support estimator, found at the bottom of this page: https://www.illinois.gov/hfs/ChildSupport/parents/Pages/ChildSupportEstimator.aspx
Parents of minor children can use this estimator to help give them an idea of what child support may be. However, an understanding of Illinois law is necessary in order to determine the exact child support duration and amount. Many things affect child support calculations, including, but not limited too:
- The age of the child
- Whether the child has graduated from highschool
- The number of children the non-custodial parent has from a previous relationship that they are also paying child support too.
- Who has medical insurance for the child and how much that amount is
- The number of nights the child is spending with the non-custodial parent
- Other expenses including daycare, extracurricular activities of the child
- The incomes of both parents
- If the custodial parent receives maintenance (alimony)
Another problem that happens in Illinois is when the Illinois Attorney General files a child support case against a non-custodial parent, and they determine what child support should be without input from that parent.
(A reminder, if you are served with papers, you MUST file an Appearance in order for the Court to recognize you in the case, and for you to have a legal voice in your case. See our video on how to find and fill in an appearance form here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc-GWoz2Rks&t=1s )
Kubik Legal can work with you to determine what the appropriate child support amount is based upon our knowledge of the law and experiences in front of the Cook, Will, Kankakee, and Grundy county judges.
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