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Child support facts to dispel the myths

Illinois parents who are recently divorced and new to having to deal with all the child-related issues might have questions about it. There are many child support myths, and the sooner parents learn the facts, the sooner they can adjust to the new dynamics. Parents who have to pay child support often believe the myth that child support is one-sided and only that parent's responsibility.

The fact is that even if the noncustodial parent makes a financial contribution every month, the custodial parent is responsible for the child's well-being 24/7. When the amount of child support is determined, the court considers more than the income of both parents. The time that each parent spends with the child will also be factored into the calculations.

Some parents who want to shirk from their court-ordered child support duties believe the myth that being unemployed removes the responsibility to pay. He or she could petition the court to modify the child support amount if there are significant changes in the circumstances of the paying parent. However, if that parent decides to stop paying or lower the amount without a changed court order, punishment could be severe -- it might even include jail time.

An experienced family law attorney can be an invaluable asset in the corner of a single parent in Illinois. Legal counsel can help a custodial parent who has problems with child support payments that are not received, but he or she will be equally capable of assisting a noncustodial parent who struggles to make payments to petition the court for a modification. As long as the best interests of the child remain the primary focus, the court will likely be accommodating in making the requested changes.

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