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Illinois Child Support

In Illinois divorce, couples have the option of entering into an agreement to determine child support, as well as Illinois child custody, Illinois alimony and Illinois property division. The Illinois divorce court will approve the terms, which will be binding, unless the divorce court considers the agreement unreasonable.

If an agreement is not made, the Illinois divorce court may order either or both parents to pay child support that is considered reasonable and necessary. The Illinois divorce court doesn't consider who is at fault for the divorce or marital misconduct. Illinois divorce law uses the percentage of income formula to determine the amount of child support as a percentage of each parent's income. The percentage will be determined by the number of children needing support.

Illinois child support guidelines will be used in every divorce, unless the divorce court considers the amount inappropriate. If this is the case, the Illinois divorce court will consider what's in the best interest of the child, as well as:

  • Child's financial resources and needs
  • Standard of living established during the marriage
  • Health and educational needs of the child
  • Parents' financial resources, needs and obligations

Protect your child's financial future, as well as your financial resources by speaking to a local Illinois divorce lawyer about Illinois child support. An Illinois divorce attorney in your area can offer legal advice about how to negotiate an agreement with your spouse about child support. Get in touch today by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out an Illinois divorce case review form.

The above synopsis of Illinois divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Illinois divorce lawyer in your area.

Illinois divorce laws were last updated May 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.