Calculating Fair Child Support Payments

Whether in a divorce, legal separation or paternity action, both parents have a legal obligation to provide financial support for their children. This support comes in the form of child support payments. At Rinella and Rinella, Ltd., in Chicago, our attorneys can help you understand your rights and obligations regarding child support, and we can assist in pursuing fair payments.

Illinois Child Support Laws

Typically, the children are placed with one parent as a residential custodian. The other parent is usually given visitation rights. Child support payments will typically go to the parent with residential custody. They will be based on a variety of factors established in the state's child support guidelines, primarily the income of each parent. In high-income cases, a deviation from the guidelines may be necessary to ensure fair child support payments.

Child support can be more than just cash payments to the residential parent. The law permits the court to order payments for "educational, physical, mental and emotional health needs of the child." These payments usually take the form of contributions to school fees and costs, day care expenses, extracurricular activities, tutoring and more.

Further, courts can order the obligor (i.e. a person under a court obligation to pay support) to maintain life insurance for the benefit of the child and to reimburse the residential parent for 50% of the health insurance premium for placing the child on the residential parent's medical plan. If necessary, support payments can be withheld from the obligor's paycheck.

With decades of experience, our lawyers are prepared to address even the most complex issues related to child support payments, including everything from high-earning parents to unemployed or underemployed parents who are not paying sufficient support.

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