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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.

Until now, child support in Illinois was calculated as a percentage of the non-custodial parent's income and the number of children. For one child, it was 20 percent of his or her net income, increasing to 28, 32 and 40 percent for every additional child. So, a parent of four children had to pay 40 percent of his or her wages in child support.

Under the new law, the formula allows for variables. The incomes of both parents will be considered along with who pays how much toward the child's health insurance. In addition, the amount of time the child spends with each parent will also play a role in the calculations. Child support will not change along with income changes, unless both parents request a modification, and then it must be approved by the court.

Illinois parents -- both custodial and non-custodial -- may have questions about the new child support law. An experienced family law attorney will be able to provide answers about how it will change the obligations of the non-custodial parent, and how the number of days spent with each parent will impact the support obligations. The attorney can also assist when one or both parents have questions about filing petitions for modification of child custody orders.

Source:, "Want to lower your child support payments? Check out these changes in the law", Beth Hundsdorfer, Aug. 18, 2017

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