Illinois child support laws contain specific guidelines for custodial and non-custodial parents. While, it is the obligation of both parents to provide financial support for their children, the non-custodial parent provides support payments to the custodial parent, based on their net income. This is not optional and there are strict penalties for not doing so. These amounts start at 20% for one child and increase with the number of children involved, up to 50% for six children or more.
Courts can deviate from these numbers if they determine it is in the best interests of the child or children involved. Factors such as the financial resources of each parent and the child’s previous standard of living, along with their physical and emotional needs are possible court considerations when doing so. Child support is often a contentious issue in family law. While the guidelines are fairly fixed, it is important that the best interests of the child or children involved are taken into account. Battles over money can be damaging to the children involved. When dealing with child support issues, it is best to have an attorney knowledgeable in Illinois child support laws to help guide you through the process so that things are handled fairly and with a minimum of conflict.