Child support is the money one spouse must pay to the spouse with primary residential custody to assist with the everyday needs of the minor children of the marriage. In the 1980s, federal laws were passed ordering states like Illinois to establish guidelines for determining the base amount of child support.
Today, the Illinois Legislature has established a statutory plan for child support factoring in things such as parent net income and the number of children. Most family law attorneys and all Illinois courtrooms have software to assist in computing the guideline amount. The formulas are set somewhat in stone, i.e. 20 percent of net for one child. However, due to the unique situation of each case, it is often difficult to predict an amount with absolute certainty, and the court has some ability to deviate from the formula in some cases. Payment guidelines attempt to approximate how much a parent would have theoretically spent on a child if the divorce had never taken place. The guidelines apply equally to children born to married parents and to children born out of wedlock (parentage cases).
Michael Roe can help you through this difficult time. If you would like help determining what the court might order for support, please contact our office. We use the same software that the courts use to determine the guideline support amounts, and would be happy to crunch some numbers for you. Call us at (630) 232-2400 or contact us online.