Child Support

Divorce Lawyers Serving Residents of DuPage and Kane Counties

Whether you need to establish child support or want help with collection or modification, we can assist you. At the Law Offices of Nick Kulagin, our family law attorneys can guide people in DuPage County and Kane County through this process with skill, knowledge, and determination. We can take the time to explain how child support is calculated and what is required under the law. Based in Wheaton, our lawyers have 15 years of experience in this area and are ready to explore the details of your situation.

Determining Child Support under Illinois Guidelines

Parents have a financial obligation to their children. Child support is intended to benefit the child and not punish the parent who is required to pay. In Illinois, the non-custodial parent typically pays child support to the custodial parent for the support and well-being of the child.

Family courts determine the amount of child support that a parent will pay by examining the Child Support Guidelines of the state. Typically, the amount of child support a parent will pay will be a fixed dollar amount based on the parent’s net income. For example, under the current guidelines, a non-custodial parent would pay 20 percent of his or her net income for one child, 28 percent for two children, 32 percent for three children, 40 percent for four children, 35 percent for five children, and 50 percent for six or more children.

In some circumstances, the court can deviate from statutory child support guidelines if it would be in the best interest of the child. To make this determination, the court can consider a variety of factors that could affect the final child support amount, including the income of each parent, the custody arrangement, the child’s standard of living, the medical and educational needs of the child, any special needs of the child, and the child’s physical and emotional condition.

Child support obligations stop when a child reaches the age of 18, unless the child is still attending high school full-time. In that situation, it continues until the age of 19 or until the child graduates from high school, whichever occurs first. The obligation to pay child support may end earlier if the child becomes emancipated. In some instances, when the child remains dependent on the parents due to an illness or disability, child support obligations may continue beyond the age of 19.

It is important to note that if the paying parent does not pay child support, it does not give the payee parent the right to withhold visitation from the children. There is no connection between the status of child support payments and visitation rights.

Seek Guidance in DuPage or Kane County from a Family Law Attorney

Our diligent divorce lawyers can help residents of DuPage County and Kane County with a variety of family law matters. At the Law Offices of Nick Kulagin, we are dedicated to providing each client with professional representation. These cases can be complex, and having the right attorney on your side can make a vital difference. We also represent people from communities such as Naperville, Oak Park, Hoffman Estates, and Geneva. Call us at 630-480-6399 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

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