Elmhurst Child Support Attorney
When parents make the decision to divorce, they often have a number of concerns about their children. Where will the children live? With whom? How often will I see my child? And how will I pay for my child’s needs?
DuPage County child support lawyer Denise Erlich helps parents deal with the aftermath of a divorce, including handling delicate issues regarding child support, child custody (parental responsibility), and visitation (parenting time). Contact Erlich Law Office, LLC at (630) 538-5331 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about child support laws.
Illinois Child Support Laws
Unlike child custody laws, which are based on the best interests of the child, Illinois child support laws determine child support payments based on the non-custodial parent’s income. The court will use a formula to determine the amount of child support, which the court can then adjust based on a number of factors, such as educational expenses and standard of living. Generally, under Illinois child support laws, the guidelines for child support payments are as follows:
|Number of Children||Percentage of Supporting Party’s Net Income|
|6 or more||50%|
What If I Am Not Getting the Child Support Payments I Need?
If you aren’t getting the child support payments that you need – whether it is because the child’s needs have changed, a parent’s income has changed, or the noncustodial parent is failing to make ordered payments – it is important to contact a child support lawyer as soon as possible. In order to modify an existing child support order or compel the noncustodial parent to make child support payments, you will need a new court order. You should not attempt to reach an informal agreement with the noncustodial parent since, without proper documentation, there will be no way to prove the child support obligations.
What If I Can’t Make the Ordered Child Support Payments?
If you are unable to make child support payments due to a loss of job or change in financial situation, you should immediately contact a lawyer for a modification of child support. Without a court-approved child support modification order, you are still obligated to make the existing child support payments. The failure to not pay ordered child support can result in serious consequences, including criminal penalties, substantial fines, suspension of driver’s license privileges, wage garnishment, and civil judgments.
Contact an Illinois Child Support Attorney
At Erlich Law Office, our child support attorney understands the delicate balance between a parent’s financial obligations and desire to provide for his or her child. As a knowledgeable child custody (parental responsibility) lawyer, we also understand the interplay between child custody (parental responsibility) laws and child support laws so that we can help you navigate both issues with minimal stress on you and your children.
Contact Erlich Law Office at (630) 538-5331 to schedule a free consultation with our DuPage County child support attorney.