How Is Child Support Determined In Illinois?

The law firm of Denis M. Gravel & Associates P.C. provides guidance for families and is focused on the individual details of their case. When it comes to child support, many factors are at play. We do not see problems — only solutions.

Illinois' Child Support Calculator

The state of Illinois changed its method of calculating child support in 2017, implementing a system that uses a balanced approach for both parents. The new child support formula in Illinois accounts for:

  • Each parent's net income
  • Number of children
  • Cost of health insurance for each child
  • How much time the children spend with each parent
  • Any extraordinary expenses the children require

This formula is meant to be fair to both parents by taking into account the net income of both parents.

Considerations For Child Support

Child support tends to depend on how custody is divided between parents. In a joint custody situation, support is determined by how much each parent earns and the amount of time they have with the child.

In some situations, one parent may feel the formula does not treat them fairly. This may be if they are self-employed or own their own business. If a party's income is not consistent on a year-to-year basis, a party may be able to argue to pay less in child support, or be paid more. In these situations, it is especially important to seek the help of an experienced family law attorney.

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With over 20 years of experience in family law, lawyer Denis M. Gravel is dedicated to providing results-oriented legal guidance for his clients. To schedule a free initial consultation at our firm in Gurnee, call 847-855-8447. You can also reach us online.