Child Support Is More than Just Plugging Numbers Into a Formula
Whether a marriage that involves children is breaking up or unmarried parents are involved in child custody or child support actions, a knowledgeable lawyer can smooth the way. The Law Offices of Van A. Schwab guides both mothers and fathers through the legal processes of determining, enforcing, and modifying child support.
Chicago child support attorney, Van A. Schwab, offers parents who are unmarried, separated, or divorced the benefits of years of experience, together with up-to-date training. To schedule a consultation, contact our law firm by calling. We represent clients in Skokie, the North Side of Chicago, and Libertyville.
How Child Support Is Determined: The Income Shares Model
Formulas enacted by the Illinois State Legislature largely spell out the amount of child support that each parent is expected to be responsible for when the mother and father are not married.
In an effort to ensure that child support is calculated fairly, Illinois revised its statute governing child support. Illinois now uses the Income Shares Model, which factors in the income of both parents and the number of overnights children spend with each parent, when determining child support for minors.
To establish an appropriate level of support, courts determine the net income available for each parent. The sum of net incomes represents the total income available for supporting the child. Each parent’s percentage of available income is determined using those numbers. The courts then apply this adjusted net income to a chart that takes into account the number of children in the household. This establishes the basic child support obligation. This number may then be adjusted further based on other costs.
Attorney Schwab can help identify and properly calculate both parents’ incomes and fight for fair child support awards on behalf of his client.
What Is Covered by Child Support?
Child support issues may include payment of health and dental insurance, daycare expenses, orthodontia, and private school tuition, among others.
It is important to note that extraordinary costs (summer camp, braces, tutoring, therapy, etc.) are not taken into account by state guidelines. These expenses may be assigned or divided through mediation, collaborative law, settlement negotiations, or litigation.
Did You Know? If your former spouse or parent of your child fails to pay child support, we can help you pursue an enforcement action. The family court is empowered to take serious measures to collect child support, including wage garnishment.
Who Pays for College After a Divorce?
Under Illinois law, a family court judge can award educational expenses to the children of divorced parents to cover the costs of college or other professional training. Covered educational expenses may include college tuition, room and board, and books. The state of Illinois has not established any firm guidelines regarding the payment of these educational expenses. This means the amount awarded is ultimately left to the discretion of the family court judge.
We Will Protect Your Interests and Those of Your Child
Regardless of the method used to create or modify child support orders, Illinois child support attorney Van A. Schwab is prepared to protect parents’ rights to pay or receive proper amounts of child support. Contact our law firm.