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August is National Child Support Awareness Month

Posted on in Family Law

Kane County child support attorneyNational Child Support Awareness Month was established in 1995 by President Bill Clinton, with the purpose of ensuring that all children have the financial support they need. This month is a great time to review Illinois law on this subject as well as the purpose behind child support payments. In the context of a divorce or family law case, child support can be a contentious issue that may require the help of experienced counsel. In addition, Illinois child support laws have recently changed, and an attorney can explain your rights and obligations under the current laws.

Recent Changes to Illinois Child Support Law

As of July 1, 2017, Illinois follows the income shares method of determining child support. The income shares formula considers the average costs to raise a child for a family at a similar income level to what the couple had during their marriage. If there are two incomes, they are added together, and the total child support obligation is based on this combined income. Next, each parent's portion of the obligation is calculated based on the percentage that they contribute to the combined income. Typically, The parent with whom the child resides the majority of the time will receive child support payments from the other parent.

Illinois was the 40th state to adopt the income shares model. Previously, only one parent’s income was used in calculating child support. The income shares model is praised for its fairness by experts. It should be noted that child support orders entered before July 1, 2017 will stay the same unless a parent can demonstrate that a significant change in the family’s circumstances requires a modification.

The Purpose of Child Support

Several studies have shown the child support is a critical mechanism for families. These studies have found that child support reduces poverty and encourages family self-sufficiency. Child support also reduces public spending and encourages the involvement of noncustodial parents in their children’s lives. 

According to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the organization collects and distributes more than $1.4 billion in child support payments each year. However, this is just one mechanism for child support payments; in many cases, one parent will make child support payments directly to the other parent.

Contact a Carpentersville Family Law Attorney

When it comes to child support, parents should work hard to get the money needed to comfortably raise their children. Children should not be the victims of a divorce, and their interests should be put first.

Our firm has represented many mothers and fathers seeking to establish the correct and fair amount of child support for their children. To contact one of our skilled Algonquin child support lawyers, call 847-428-7725 today. Our firm offers free, no-obligation consultations for potential clients.

Sources:

https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=14551

https://www.illinois.gov/hfs/SiteCollectionDocuments/HFS.ChildSupporAwarenessMonth.pdf

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=51715

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