Child Support

Calculating Illinois Child Support

Since 2017, Illinois has calculated child support using an "income shares" model. This means Illinois child support is based upon the combined income of both parents. The current model aims to provide children with the standard of living they would have enjoyed if...

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Unmarried Illinois Couples

Recent news stories claim that young people are getting married less often, and when they do get married, the age at which they marry is much older than previous generations. It seems that more couples are “cohabiting”–living together without being married–either as a...

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Tax Refunds and Divorces

April 15 is upon us again, and you know what that means: time to pay federal and state income taxes. Many people will receive refunds from “Uncle Sam” if they had too much money withheld from their paychecks over the past tax year. If you are going through a divorce,...

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Child Support for a Special Needs Child

The Illinois legislature has modified the child support calculation statute and the new provisions became effective on January 1, 2013. One of the modifications clarifies that Illinois courts may consider the physical, mental, emotional, and educational needs of the...

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Contribution to College Expenses

Some parents believe that their duty to support their child ends once the child turns eighteen. This is not always the case in Illinois. Illinois family law provides that parents with children may be ordered to contribute to college or professional school training...

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