Child Support Lawyers in Chicago
If you are going through a divorce or involved in a child custody dispute, it is critical to speak with experienced child support lawyers in Chicago to gain a clear understanding of the laws surrounding Illinois child support. Divorce and cases involving the allocation of parenting time and child support are often contentious and full of emotions. Remember that Illinois child support is about the rights of the children and the obligations of the parents.
Both parents want what is best for the child and should understand that child support is established strictly for the benefit of the child and is not intended to reward or punish either parent.
Still, you may have fears about the financial support you will receive, you might be wondering if you will have enough money to support your children or curious to know if or how much you’ll have to pay.
Working with experienced child support lawyers will provide you with peace of mind in knowing that your child support order is calculated accurately and fairly. The attorneys at Anderson & Boback are experienced in Illinois child support. We will help you understand the law and determine, enforce or modify a child support order.
How Much Will My Ex-Spouse or I Have to Pay Under Illinois Child Support Law?
New Illinois child support laws took effect on July 1, 2017. The Court will now consider both parents’ incomes to determine child support. The court determines support amount by applying the child support guidelines, unless the court finds that applying the guidelines would be inappropriate after considering evidence and relevant factors supporting what is best for the child. Relevant factors include but are not limited to:
- The financial resources and needs of the child
- The financial resources and needs of the parents
- The standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marriage or civil union not been dissolved
- The physical and emotional condition of the child and his or her educational needs
Consideration is also given to the amount of time the child is with each parent. A parent that only has the child overnight a few times a year will pay more than a parent that has the child the same amount of time as their ex-spouse
Child support obligation continues until the child is 18 years of age unless the child is still attending high school full-time, in which case it continues until the child turns 19 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs first.
Anderson & Boback help you to evaluate all of these areas and determine what it is that you need to ensure that we advocate the best possible outcome for you and your children.
Do You Need Help Enforcing or Modifying Illinois Child Support?
Illinois law recognizes that life is not static, and circumstances change. To qualify for a change in child support, you or your spouse must demonstrate the change in your circumstances. Consult with us if you are experiencing financial hardship. Our skilled legal team will provide sound counsel, and when warranted, help you obtain a court order to change the current child support obligations or enforce a standing order of support.
Payment of child support is strictly enforced by the Courts in Illinois, with failure to pay to result in serious consequences which may include:
- Suspension of the parent’s driver’s license
- Intercepting both federal and state tax refunds
- Seizing assets to pay child support
- Reporting the financial obligation to credit reporting agencies
- Prosecution including fines, criminal charges, and imprisonment
Consulting with a Chicago Child Support Lawyer Will Always Pay Off
There is no longer a statute of limitations on past due child support payments. Beginning in 2000, the Illinois child support law began imposing interest on past due child support obligations. We know the strategies and the loopholes in the Illinois child support laws and we make sure just results are achieved for your children based on your specific situation. If you think you have an action for past due child support, call on us. Anderson & Boback’s child support attorneys will help you enforce your court order for child support.