Things To Know About Child Support

Raising kids cost a lot of money. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has estimated the cost for a middle-income family to be over $200,000 through age 17.

Naturally, then, child support is a key issue in divorce and parental responsibility cases. At Mitchell Highlander, LLC, we help parents resolve support issues and act in the best interest of their kids.

Call 618-803-4022 to discuss your unique circumstances with an experienced lawyer. From offices in O’Fallon and Maryville, we serve clients throughout Madison County, St. Clair County and Bond County.

Child Support Awards Must Now Take Account Of Both Parents’ Incomes.

Effective on July 1, 2017, Illinois changed its law significantly on how child support is calculated. Under the old law, the noncustodial parent paid a percentage of that parent’s income, based on the number of kids.

With the law change, however, awards for child support are based on the joint income of the parents, as well as parenting time. This is a completely different way of calculating support from the previous method.

It also takes more time to gather the information needed to calculate the support. Before the change, you needed only one party’s income information, but now you need both parties’ income information.

A Spousal Maintenance Award Can Affect The Amount Of Child Support.

Not all divorce cases involve spousal maintenance. But in cases that do involve maintenance, the amount of maintenance that is awarded can affect the child support calculation.

This is because when a spouse paying maintenance deducts that amount from his or her net income, it reduces the income level that is used to calculate child support. In practice, then, an ex-spouse who seeks a higher spousal support award could end up getting less child support than would otherwise have been the case.

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