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Who pays child support when parents have joint child custody?

With many divorced parents in Illinois opting for joint child custody, there may be several questions needing answers. One of those will likely involve child support. The reality is that child custody can be shared in various ways, affecting the child support responsibilities of both parents. Joint custody typically works best for parents who can maintain an amicable post-divorce relationship.

Sharing child custody allows parents to be flexible when scheduling parenting time, which does not necessarily mean a 50/50 division of time. For that reason, determining child support will be based on several aspects of the arrangement reached by the parents. Matters that the court will consider if it has to issue a child support order will include the amount of time the child spends with each parent along with the incomes of both parents.

Parents may agree to allocate fixed expenses such as health insurance, school fees and other costs in a formal agreement, and then share living expenses without one parent paying child support to the other. This means that each parent will carry the costs of the child while he or she has parenting time. Parents can choose to follow the traditional pattern of having the child alternate time at the homes of the parents, or they may choose the more modern bird-nesting method, in which the child remains in the family home with the parents taking turns spending time there.

However, not all divorced parents have relationships that will allow such informal arrangements without disputes arising. For that reason, some choose to document a formal agreement, even if only to kick in when contention occurs. To make sure all eventualities are covered, it might be a good idea to seek the support and guidance of an Illinois family law attorney who is experienced in dealing with child support issues in joint custody scenarios.

Source:, "How Does Child Support Work with Joint Custody?", Jodee Redmond, Accessed on Oct. 20, 2017

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