Experienced Elmhurst Child Support Lawyer Defending Children’s Rights

Both parents of a child ― whether married to each other or not ― owe a duty of support to that child. When parents are separated or divorced, the non-residential or noncustodial parent is obligated to pay a percentage of his or her income to the residential parent. To discuss child support issues in connection with a divorce, separation, or unmarried parent situation, contact the Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern.

Children Ought Not to Be Economic Pawns in the Chess Game of Divorce

We do not condone a situation where parents seek residential parent status for the express purpose of seeking to avoid paying child support. Our lawyers remind our clients that responsibilities and parenting time, means involvement, attention, and “being there” for their children.

Parents embroiled in their own emotional issues related to a separation or divorce need to rise to the task of putting the needs of their children ahead of their own. An Elmhurst child support lawyer who understands the importance of parent-child ties is a valuable asset at a time of family disruption and change.

Ask Our Attorneys about Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time and Child Support in Illinois

Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time decisions and child support obligations are separate issues. Both types of agreements or orders are a necessary aspect of a divorce where the separated adults share parentage of minor children. Parental Responsibility and Parenting Time orders also apply in cases of unmarried parents. The percentage of a parent’s income that should go to child support depends on the number of children involved, and ranges from 20% of net income to 50%. What income and deductions apply to calculate “net” income is determined by statute.

All Income from All Sources Should Be Taken into Account

When child support is calculated, parents tend to report their “normal” income. However, many employees receive other financial benefits at their jobs, such as bonuses, commissions, and overtime pay. Parents may also receive windfalls, such as lottery or other gambling wins, or proceeds from the sale of a business or asset.

Our family law attorneys help ensure that all income from all sources is taken into account for the purpose of calculating child support. Our years of experience have given us detailed knowledge as to what is and what is not income, what is an allowable deduction, and how children’s future college costs should be taken into account in cases of divorce or separation.

To discuss Illinois child support payment formulas, enforcement, or modification with a knowledgeable Elmhurst child support lawyer, call 630-993-1230 or email us to schedule a consultation today.