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Minimum amounts and guidelines for child support in Illinois

Illinois parents who make or receive child support payments need to have a firm understanding of how the child support formula will affect them, how much the supporting parent pays, how much the custodial parent receives and other issues. A child who is under the age of 18 or a child who is 19 and still in high school will be subject to the custodial parent receiving child support. This is to pay for the education, health, emotional, mental and physical needs of the child.

The court will come to a determination as to what the minimum amount required is. The guidelines will depend on the number of children involved. A parent who has one child will pay 20 percent of his or her net income in support if the guidelines are followed. With two children, it will be 28 percent. Three children will yield 32 percent of the paying parent's net income. Four children will require 40 percent. Five children will be 45 percent. And six or more children will require the supporting parent provide 50 percent of net income under the guidelines.

The court can find that there might be a need to deviate from these guidelines if it is in the best interests of the child. However, for the most part, these guidelines will be adhered to depending on the evidence. Various forms of evidence will be considered including the financial resources of both parents and the child's needs; the child's standard of living if the marriage had continued; the child's emotional, mental and physical needs; the child's educational needs; and the financial resources and requirements of the custodial parent. In the event that the court finds that a deviation is warranted, the participants will be informed as to what the guidelines dictate the support would be without the deviation. Then they will inform them of why the deviation is being made.

Since support of a child by the parents is so important, the state will take steps to ensure that the cost of living and proper care for the child is addressed in a support agreement. Some parents might have an issue with the way these decisions are made or need assistance in other areas. For that or any other situation related to these factors, speaking to a legal professional with extensive experience in child support can be a helpful thing to do.

Source: ilga.gov, "Sec. 505. Child supprot; contempt; penalties. -- 1, 2," accessed on Nov. 3, 2015

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