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New child support law may make it easier for some to comply

Non-custodial parents in Illinois may find the financial burden eased following a change to current law that was signed earlier this month. Child support has just become more affordable, and lawmakers say the goal was for the obligations of child support to be more equitable. In the future, child support orders will no longer be based solely on the income of the non-custodial parent.

New child-first method for calculating child support

The State of Illinois has been working to keep kids at the center of the focus when it comes to important family law issues like parenting time. Instead of focusing on what parents want, the goal is to look at what kids need. Now the state is looking to take another step forward in putting kids first by implementing a new way of calculating child support obligations. The approach has been adopted in 39 other states thus far.

Can an app help me co-parent?

If you are one of the many divorced parents in Illinois who struggles with how to track financial expenses related to your kids in conjunction with your former spouse, you know that this is no easy task. Your divorce decree may outline the basic plan and criteria such as which one of you must pay how much in child support and how much each of you must pay toward health insurance or medical costs, but you quickly learn that there are many other things left for you to figure out. Even tracking the items that are clearly defined in your settlement can become complex and open up too many opportunities for conflict between you and your ex.

Child support and incarceration

Are you the divorced parent of at least one minor child in Illinois? If either you or your former spouse are legally required to pay child support per your divorce decree, it may be important for you to understand the legal ramifications associated with nonpayment of support. Also important is an overview of what situtations may warrant a change to your existing child support order.

Financial support for children

If you are the parent of one or more minor children in Illinois and are getting a divorce from your spouse, you may be needing to know what if any financial support may be ordered by a court. Either parent may be required to pay support for their children depending upon the nature of the parental responsibility decisions that are made and which parent is deemed to be the custodial parent.

Retirement funds and child support

If you are an Illinois parent who is planning to get divorced or are perhaps currently in the midst of a divorce, making sure your child or children are taken care of will no doubt be a priority for you. This certainly means paying close attention to their emotional needs during this transition but it also means ensuring their financial stability. To this end, you may be required to make child support payments.

Health insurance for kids after a divorce

As an Illinois parent, you no doubt know the importance of making sure your kids receive proper medical and dental care. This may include routine and preventive care such as annual exams, teeth cleanings and vaccinations. If your kids have any special needs or medical conditions, you may have ongoing health care concerns. A fall on a playground or a sports injury are yet other scenarios that commonly arise with kids and highlight the need for proper health insurance.

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