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Child Support

Elmhurst Child Support Lawyer

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 nonresidential 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 expressed purpose of seeking to avoid paying child support. Our lawyers remind our clients that child custody and care, whether as residential parents or in "visitation" or nonresidential parenting time contexts, means involvement, attention and "being there" for children.

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

Ask Our Attorneys about Child Custody and Child Support in Illinois

Child custody decisions and child support obligations are separate issues. Both child custody and child support agreements or orders are a necessary.shtmlect of a divorce where the separated adults share parentage of minor children. Child support orders also apply in cases of unmarried parents. The percentage of a nonresidential parent's income that should go to child support depends on the number of children involved, and ranges from 20 percent of income to 50 percent.

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 of parents.

To discuss Illinois child support payment formulas, enforcement or modification with a knowledgeable family law attorney, call or e-mail the law firm to schedule a consultation.