Category: Child Support

So, What’s the Income Shares Model?

If you were divorced before July 1, 2017 or are still in the process of getting divorced, the income shares model of child support will apply to your case. And, while some are uncertain about the change, Illinois is the 40th state to adopt this model. As such, you can have confidence knowing that this model is in the best interest of both you, and your family.

In this article, we’ll give a basic overview of what the income shares model is about, how it works, and adjustments made to the model based on parenting time.

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Wage Garnishment and Child Support: What You Should Know

Child support is common in most Illinois divorces. If you are going to receive child support, there are two ways to do so:

  1. You can arrange for your spouse to pay you directly; or
  2. You can enter an order garnishing your former spouse’s wages and be paid through the state disbursement unit.

As you can imagine, wage garnishment is the most popular option because most couples who are divorced don’t get along or don’t want to coordinate to exchange child support payments each month. In this article, we discuss wage garnishment in greater detail to get you familiar with how it will work in your divorce case.

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New Income Shares Model Changes Child Support Calculations in Illinois

July 1 is quickly approaching and when it hits, child support calculations in Illinois will be based on an income shares model rather than the current, net income model. There are multiple reasons for this switch, all of which are beneficial not only for both parents, but children as well.

In this article, we’ll discuss how the current child support calculations work, what income shares are, how income share calculations work, and what you need to know about this new law if you’re planning on getting divorced.

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5 Common Questions About Child Support in IL

If you’re getting divorced and have children, you may receive or have to pay child support. But, what does child support pay for and how does child support work in Illinois?

It can feel overwhelming to navigate the complexities of child support by yourself. By taking the time to understand the basic concepts underlying child support, you can have a better grasp on the topic, which is crucial to feeling comfortable and confident moving forward in your case and after your case is settled.

Below are the 5 most common questions we receive at Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. about child support. These questions will help lay a foundation for your understanding and demystify some of the intricacies of child support in Illinois.

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Does IL Require Retroactive Child Support?

Let’s start with a hypothetical situation. Assume John and Jane are married and John moves out of the house before Jane files for divorce. Months pass and John does not contribute any money to the care of the children. When Jane files for divorce, what happens to all of the months John did not pay?

In all likelihood, John will have to pay Jane retroactive child support.

In this article, we’ll discuss:

  • What retroactive child support is;
  • When it is required; and
  • How it is calculated

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Update: Child Support Law Changes in Illinois

Child support in Illinois is currently calculated according to percentages. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act sets forth a percentage of the paying parent’s net income that must be paid according to the number of children a family has. For example, if there are three children, the parent paying child support must pay 32 percent of his or her net income to the payee, or parent receiving the support.

In July 2017, this percentage model will change to an income shares model. Read on to learn what this means and why Illinois has decided to make the change.

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Illinois Child Support Questions: What to Know

If you’re considering divorce in Illinois and have children, child support questions are likely to be at the top of your mind. What most people don’t know is that the divorce process is actually geared toward ensuring your children are cared for both during and after the divorce proceedings. This is with regard to child support considerations and parenting time as well.

Of course, most parents are concerned about how much they are to pay or be paid. In this article, we’ll discuss all of the relevant considerations about child support, including:

  • How much child support you must pay or you will receive
  • What child support covers
  • How to pay child support/how you’ll receive child support
  • College expense considerations
  • How and when child support may be modified; and
  • How to enforce a child support order

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Divorce Q&A: What Do I Do if my Spouse Isn’t Paying Child Support?

All parents love their children but few are happy to pay child support following a divorce trial or settlement. However, to the receiving parent, these expenses are necessary for childcare, basic needs, education, and more.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that some individuals don’t pay child support on time. When this happens, it isn’t worthwhile to go to them and ask them to pay. Instead, you need to pursue a number of other options that will ensure you get the money you need for your children.

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3 Benefits for Children Under New Illinois Domestic Relations Laws

If you’ve been reading our blog for awhile, you already know that there were major changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) beginning January 1, 2016. Not only have major terms, such as child custody, changed in both name and meaning, but there are distinct benefits that have resulted from this seemingly minor changes as well.

Most importantly, many of the benefits gained from these new laws focus on children. And, with children’s’ interests as the focal point of many divorces, this seems to suggest the new law has accomplished what it was meant to accomplish.

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Your Questions About Child Support Percentages In Illinois Answered

In any divorce proceeding, your kids are your primary concern. Not only do they often not understand what is going on, but their financial, physical, and emotional needs during this time can make it difficult to continue on with “normal” life, no matter how hard you try.

Luckily, this struggle doesn’t continue forever. The closure of a divorce alleviates a lot of tension in most families, allowing parents to better care for their offspring and share parenting time once a case is closed and issues, such as child support, are resolved.

One of the most common questions we receive from both mothers and fathers is “How is the payment calculated?” If you’ve been wondering the same, you’ll find all of the information and answers you need in this article.

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