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New Illinois Child Support Law Calculates Both Mom and Dad’s Income

a baby and a teddy bear, child supportNew child support legislation can be more equitable because it requires considering the incomes and needs of both mothers and fathers. A calculation outputs each parent’s dollar responsibility. Generally, the higher the net income of the recipient, the less child support they will receive.

A goal of the new law is to attempt to preserve the child’s previous family-intact financial lifestyle. It also attempts to balance financial responsibility with time spent. Involving competent lawyers for child support cases is a practical protection.

The new law encompasses three main components: (1) Basic Financial Support (2) Other Child Expenses (3) Shared Parenting

1. Basic Financial Support

Determining Net Income

First determine the net income of both parents. This establishes a relative percentage of net income.

Example 1:

Mom $1,500

Dad $1,500

Combined = $3,000

Each is responsible for 50% of the government prescribed baseline child support amount.

Example 2:

Dad $1,500

Mom $3,500

Combined = $5,000

Here mom earns 70% of the combined net income. Keep these percentages in mind for the explanations below.

Assigning Financial Obligations

Next a statutory table is referenced. It outlines baselines for parents and lawyers for child support. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services issues this. It will factor both parents’ incomes and the shared children of the union.

Example:

Parents’ combined income is $3000. The base cost to raise one child may be established by the State in the table as $500. This relative basic amount is the child support obligation.

2. Adding Other Expenses

These amounts are not taken from a schedule and can vary. Lawyers for child support can help determine other obligations in addition to the basic child support amount.

Example

Child care $100

Health insurance $ 75

Extra-curricular activities $ 25

Total = $200

Add “other” child expenses to “basic” expenses: $200 + $500 = $700

Both parents have equal net income, so the obligation is equal: $350

Shared Parenting

It is considered shared parenting when both parents spend more than 165 nights per year. The amount of child support owed by each changes in this circumstance. Each parent still pays the base amount as prescribed, plus it is increased by 1.5 because there are more expenses incurred. This new amount is called the shared care support obligation.

A comprehensive set of tools are available to experienced lawyers for child support negotiations. These tools help expedite agreements.