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Understanding Child Support Under the 2017 Change to Illinois Law

One of the most important issues that divorcing parents must resolve is child support. Following a change to Illinois law that took effect in July 2017, child support is no longer determined based on the noncustodial parent's income and the number of children. Instead, the law has shifted to an "income shares" model which bases the amount of support on parents' combined income and the amount each parent contributes to that combined income. Courts will also consider each parent's individual amount of parenting time and parental responsibility, and additional adjustments can be made to accommodate special needs or circumstances.

At Lucas Law in Barrington, Illinois, we work with you to develop realistic child support objectives and sound strategies for achieving them whether you'll be paying or receiving child support. Driven by more than 25 years of experience, we can advise you as to whether the best approach in your case will be negotiation, mediation or a contested hearing before a judge.

Call 847-381-8700 For Legal Advice Concerning Child Support

For reliable advice about your rights and obligations regarding child support, contact a family law attorney at Lucas Law. We offer initial consultation at a reasonable rate.

Supporting The Needs Of Your Child

Child support rights do not exist for the benefit of the parents. Instead, they reflect the right of a child to be supported by his or her parents. State guidelines are in place to provide for basic provisions, but they do not account for every circumstance. Our lawyers will advise you about child support in many different contexts, including:

Modification And Enforcement Of Child Support Orders

Because the parent-child relationship continues despite divorce and other changes that life presents over time, it's not unusual that one parent or the other will need to seek adjustment of the obligation in future years.

For more information about establishing, modifying or enforcing child support, contact a lawyer at 847-381-8700.

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