As many Illinois residents who have gone through divorce know, children often have a hard time adjusting to life once their parents separate. The often feel insecure, especially when there are no clear answers to such questions as, who is going to look after us?
Courts use the time-honored standard of meeting the best interests of children in granting child custody to one parent and requiring payment of child support from the other. The calculations used by the state consider several factors, including the payer’s monthly and annual income. For some supporting parents, however, life changes substantially after divorce and income may drop through no fault of the parent. Unless the amount of court-ordered support changes, the supporting parent is locked into paying that required amount and could face a dilemma between financial trouble if he or she still tries to make timely payments and legal trouble if he or she cannot. In such cases, the noncustodial parent can request a modification of his or her child support order.
First, however, he or she must properly account for any income changes. A custodial parent facing such challenges is wise to engage experienced legal help. An attorney understands what the law requires and what judges are looking for when it comes to modification requests – job changes or unemployment, fluctuations in income that are hard to forecast, changes in child-custody arrangements and changes in children’s needs. As long as the court is convinced that the changes are genuine and were not made so that the supporting parent could avoid meeting his or her financial obligations, a court will likely change the support order to something the supporting parent can afford.
Attorneys at the Law Offices of Dwayne Douglas, P.C. have decades of experience in handling child support modification requests and know exactly how to handle them with care.