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Chicago child support attorneyDivorced and unmarried parents still need to provide financial support to their children. In Illinois, this is accomplished through child support payments. Many parents are confused about their child support rights and responsibilities in Illinois. They do not know how much payments will be or who will receive payments. Parents also have questions about what to do when a parent is not paying child support. Whether you are unmarried, divorced, or intend to divorce soon, it is important to understand how child support is handled in Illinois.

Calculating the Amount of Support

Divorcing spouses are able to reach their own agreements about divorce issues like property division or child custody. However, child support is always decided by the court. The amount that a parent pays is based on a mathematical formula that takes both parents’ financial circumstances into account. The parent with less parenting time (previously called visitation) pays child support to the parent with greater parenting time. Courts can deviate from the child support formula in certain situations, including with one or both parents have an exceptionally high income.

Getting a Child Support Order

Many single parents struggle to make ends meet because the other parent is not helping them pay for child-related expenses. If you want to receive child support from your child’s other parent, you can enroll through the Illinois Healthcare and Family Services Department of Child Support Services. If you are a mother seeking child support from a father, you will need to establish paternity before you can request child support from him.

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