DuPage County Child Support Attorneys
Skilled Lawyers for Child Support in Wheaton, South Elgin, Elmhurst and Surrounding Areas
For divorcing couples, child support is often a central issue. Both parents are responsible for supporting the children, and the support arrangement should reflect the best interests of the child. Couples can often reach an amicable agreement outside of court. However, in circumstances when one party is being uncooperative, litigation may be necessary. In either case, to make sure your interests are protected, it is important to be represented by a family law attorney with strong negotiation skills and extensive litigation experience.
At Mevorah Law Offices LLC, our child support attorneys have been serving clients in Chicago and the western suburbs for over 35 years. We understand the need to ensure your children are taken care of, and we are honest, approachable and aggressive advocates for your interests. Our attorneys put our vast experience to work to provide a comprehensive solution tailored to meet the specific needs of our clients.
Illinois Child Support Laws
The state of Illinois has certain guidelines for “reasonable and necessary” child support based on the income of the non-custodial parent and the number of children. These guidelines can be altered at times in cases when it can be demonstrated that circumstances exist to make these guidelines unreasonable.
Here are the general guidelines for child support paid by the non-custodial parent:
- One Child: 20 % of income;
- Two Children: 28 % of income;
- Three Children: 32 % of income;
- Four Children: 40 % of income;
- Five Children: 45 % of income; and
- Six or More Children: 50 % of income.
Factors which may justify a child support arrangement outside these guidelines include:
- The type of child custody arrangement; e.g. sole custody vs. joint custody;
- The financial needs of the custodial parent;
- The financial needs of the children;
- The financial needs of the non-custodial parent;
- The established standard of living of the children;
- Any physical and emotional special needs of the children; and
- The educational needs of the children; including college expenses.
Modification and Enforcement of Child Support Arrangements
Changes in the circumstances of one (or both) parents can sometimes make the current child support payments insufficient or excessive. In such cases, a post-decree modification can be sought to make alterations to the original arrangement. There are other cases in which the non-custodial parent is not paying the required support on time (or at all). During such instances, it may be necessary to go back to court to employ post-decree enforcement measures. Our attorneys are long-term advocates who will continue working on your behalf when such post-decree issues arise.
Reaching a reasonable child support arrangement requires experienced legal counsel with the ability to present a strong case and effectively negotiate with the other side. The attorneys at Mevorah Law Offices LLC have an established track record of success in these areas. We also offer extended evening and weekend hours for your convenience. Contact us today at 630-932-9100630-932-9100 for a free consultation.