Proposed Change to Illinois Child Support looks at both parents' income

Posted on May 29, 2013

According to CBS, Illinois child support law may soon be getting a make-over. Our current child support laws were written three decades ago and only takes into consideration the income of the parent who pays child support (the "payor"). Child support is calculated based upon a percentage of the net income of the paying parent, also factoring in the number of children requiring support. This essentially ignores how much money the parent receiving the support earns him or herself.  The bill recently proposed in the Illinois House, known as HB 1452, would change that and child support would be calculated based upon the income of both the mother and the father. The proposal came about following a bi-partisan family law committee study which spent four years collecting input from judges, child advocates, family law experts and the public.  Other changes to the proposed Illinois laws include faster divorce judgments( to be issued within 60 days, or 90 days depending on the circumstances) and would also change the dynamics of the decision making rights between divorced parents. 

In September 2013, a new case came down from the Illinois Appellate Court which made a very unusual exception to who pays who in child support cases.

If you are facing divorce in Illinois and are wondering how much child support you may be entitled to, or how much you will have to pay in child support, call O'Connor Cadiz Law at 630 250-8813 for a confidential consultation. You may also be interested in my article about the Top 3 Mistakes People make in paying child support. 










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