In Illinois, child support is the financial contribution that non-custodial parents make to help cover the expenses of raising their children. The amount of child support that is ordered is determined by a set of guidelines established by the state of Illinois. These guidelines take into account factors such as the income of both parents, the number of children, and the amount of time each parent spends with the children. Child support payments are typically made on a monthly basis, and may be enforced by the state if a parent fails to make payments. The court may also enforce the payment of back child support. Child support payments can be modified if there is a significant change in the financial circumstances of either parent.
The calculation that determines the amount of child support is based primarily on the incomes of the parents and the number children involved. But other factors may play into it.
Any time there is a substantial change in circumstances, you may be able to request a modification of the custody arrangement. This is not automatic, and it is important to understand what counts as a change in circumstances when filing a motion to modify the parenting plan.
Child support, custody and visitation, and spousal support are all court orders that can be modified. Once you file the motion requesting a change, the process becomes more complicated, because you will need to assemble all the financial documents and other evidence to demonstrate to the court that your request is reasonable.
Contact Zach to review whether your support order should be changed. Did the order consider children from another family? Did a parent get a new job, or lose a job? Request an initial consultation or call (312) 772-3346 today.