In Illinois, both parents are legally required to support their children financially. However, the state’s current guidelines for calculating child support payments are criticized for not being equitable. The scrutiny regarding Illinois child support means it is up to the attorneys representing parents in child custody disputes to work toward payment schedules that genuinely reflect the parents’ financial circumstances and the children’s needs.
At SLG Family Law, our skilled attorneys use the initial process to ensure full disclosure of the parties’ finances so the parents or the court can arrive at a resolution that reflects financial reality. We understand how important it is for parents to have a fair and accurate child support agreement, and we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve a resolution that meets their unique needs.
We understand that the children’s best interests should always be a top priority when negotiating child custody and child support settlements during a divorce. The parties need to maintain control over the outcome of the negotiation rather than allowing the court to have the final say. To that end, we favor negotiated solutions that consider the Illinois state guidelines for child support.
By accurately assessing how the court will likely calculate the basic child support amount, we can provide our clients with a realistic starting point for negotiations. From there, we can proceed to negotiate the sharing of additional expenses related to items such as healthcare and childcare. We always aim to reach a fair and reasonable agreement that meets your and your children’s needs.
Once the net incomes of each parent have been determined, the next step is to utilize a support obligation chart. The chart provides the primary support obligation based on the number of children the parents support. Other factors may be taken into consideration as well, including:
An excellent tool for calculating income shares for child support obligations is our child support calculator. The calculator helps you estimate your monthly payments or the percentage of income you will pay based on your specific circumstances. It is always best to seek legal counsel to discuss your situation and how it will be handled in court.
At the core, family law is about protecting the relationships and rights of those closest to us. Whether you are going through a divorce, beginning the intricate process of fostering or adopting a child, or facing divorce and need help with property settlements, our team of experienced family law attorneys is here to help. We understand the complex emotions and legal challenges involved in these situations. Our team is dedicated to fighting for the best possible outcome for you and your family.
With compassion and expertise, we will guide you through this challenging time and work to ensure your interests are protected at every step. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you through this difficult time. Contact our team at SLC Law today.
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