3 Things to Know About Changes in Child Support and Maintenance Requirements in Illinois

3 Things to Know About Changes in Child Support and Maintenance Requirements in Illinois

If you’re considering a divorce in Illinois, it’s important to know in advance how much child support or maintenance you will be entitled to, or will have to pay, depending on your situation. Historically, child support was based on the percentage of net income of the payor and the number of children in the family. Here are 3 things to know about changes in child support and maintenance in Illinois:

1. New statutory guidelines have been established in Illinois that the court will consider when calculating child support and maintenance. “The new guidelines are based on the income of each party, as well as on the number of children in the family,” explained Samuel J. Diamond, a divorce attorney with Diamond Divorce Law. “To determine what child support or maintenance costs would be, you need to apply the guidelines to your specific situation.”

2. Support obligations can be manually calculated, but this can be cumbersome and confusing. “Most judges and attorneys utilize specialized software to determine these amounts,” said Diamond. “While it’s not an exact science, it’s important to have realistic expectations regarding future child support obligations.”

3. There may be certain situations where both parties are responsible for paying child support to the other spouse. In Illinois, this applies if you have the child with you for 146 or more nights per year. “These calculations are based on each party’s income,” added Diamond. “There are multiple threshold requirements that must be met. The court will also consider the duration of the marriage, among other issues.”

The judge will decide whether maintenance will be for a fixed term or for an indefinite period of time, and may grant reviewable maintenance or may reserve the issue to be revisited in the future.

The experienced attorneys at Diamond Divorce Law can assist you with your dissolution of marriage.  For more information, please visit https://dlfirm.com/child-support-and-maintenance-formerly-alimony-aint-what-it-used-to-be/.

Samuel J. Diamond, J.D.

Diamond Divorce Law

(a division of Diamond Legal P.C.)



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