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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.

As explained by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, it is the non-custodial parent who may be ordered to provide financial support after a divorce. The amount of support to be paid is determined in part based upon how many children the family has. This ranges from 20 percent of a person's net income for one child to half of a person's net income for more than five kids.

Other factors are also considered when determining the final support amount. These include any special schooling or emotional and mental health needs of the children and the monetary resources of the non-custodial parent, the custodial parent and the financial needs of the children. Courts may also give consideration to the type of lifestyle that the children would have enjoyed had the parents remained married to each other.

If you would like to learn more about how the state of Illinois determines the amount of financial support a non-custodial parent should pay after a divorce, please feel free to visit the child financial support page of our Illinois family law website.

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