Parents are obligated to provide financial support for their minor children. Under Illinois law, child support is based upon certain guidelines. The two primary factors under the guidelines for calculating child support are the net income of the parent paying support and the number of children. If you need child support or are being asked to pay it, there are a few things you should know about Illinois state law.
Child Support in Illinois
While some law areas of family law are complex, murky, and seem to have a lot of gray area, Illinois child support law is clear. After a calculation of allowable deductions from gross income, the non-custodial parent is required to pay a percentage of their net income as child support. Furthermore, the percentage of income paid for child support is capped at a maximum of 50% for 6 children or more. The following are the income percentages that must be paid with regards to the number of children:
- 1 child – 20%
- 2 children – 28%
- 3 children – 32%
- 4 children – 40%
- 5 children – 45%
- 6 children – 50%
Though the law is explicit regarding how child support is calculated, there are factors that can make this issue more challenging such as facts that may warrant an upward or downward deviation from the guidelines.
Protecting the Interests of Your Family in Chicago, Illinois
As both an attorney and an accountant, I understand the intricacies of how child support is determined. Contact me if you have any questions about child support in Illinois.