Kane County Child Support Attorney
Geneva Family Lawyer Providing Personalized Representation
Going through a divorce can be a difficult process, particularly when children are involved. At OSH Law, we know that questions about child support can be especially contentious, but we are here to assist with your case. Divorcing spouses often think of child support determinations as another step in dissolving the marriage. Yet it is important to remember that each parent has an obligation when it comes to the couple’s children, regardless of the relationship between the parents. If you have been dealing with controversial divorce proceedings, you should learn more about child custody and child support issues from an experienced family lawyer.
Otto S. Hurtado regularly works with clients in the Kane County area who need responsible and professional representation in their divorce. Mr. Hurtado has years of experience assisting in complex child support matters. With individualized attention to every case he handles, is dedicated to meeting the needs of each family law client.
Learning More About Child Support Guidelines in Illinois
What do you need to know about child support guidelines? Parents, regardless of their marital status, have a duty to provide financial support to their minor children. Changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/) went into effect in July 2017 redefining how child support payments are calculated. Following these changes, the amount of support needed to care for a child is determined based on the parents' combined income, and each parent will be responsible for a portion of this amount based on their individual income as a percentage of the combined income. Each parent's amount of parental responsibility and parenting time with their children will also be taken into account.
Child support payments can cover many different expenses, but they must cover the basic needs of the child, including food, clothing, and shelter. Courts also can order additional support money for child-related expenses, including but not limited to:
- Education costs;
- Medical and dental costs; and/or
- Extracurricular activities.
Once the court makes a determination for the amount of child support, it enters an order known as the Uniform Order for Support. That order will include some of the following information:
- Amount of the child support payments;
- Frequency of the child support payments, such as whether they will be paid weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly;
- Responsibility for the child’s health insurance;
- Whether the payor will make the payments directly or have them deducted from his/her checking account;
- How the payments will be paid, such as whether they will be paid directly or through the Illinois State Disbursement Unit;
- Termination date for child support payments; and
- Penalty amount for late child support payments.
Contact a Dedicated Child Support Lawyer in Kane County
If you have questions or concerns about child support, you should discuss your case with an experienced Kane County divorce lawyer. At OSH Law, we understand the complications of child support issues, and we are dedicated to providing personalized representation for each client. Contact us today at 331-248-8190. We serve clients in Kane, DuPage, Kendall, and DeKalb Counties.