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Proposed child support law change could affect payments for some

When couples decide to get divorced, they must contemplate multiple factors that may not only affect their lives, but their children's lives as well. Determining who will pay child support and how much should be paid is often a decision parents will face. One Illinois man is attempting to change some of the laws regarding child support where injured or disabled parents are concerned.

New child support law may effect Illinois families

Illinois couples who are contemplating divorce must take many factors into consideration. Cases with children involved are often more complex than those without due to elements such as determining custody and child support. However, a recent change in child support law intends to make the calculation of payments easier and more fair to the non-custodial parent.

Illinois couples divorcing may need to consider child support

When a divorce is imminent for an Illinois couple, they may be unsure of how to proceed. In many cases, the best option is for each spouse to consult separate experienced divorce attorneys. This is particularly true for more complicated divorces where couples have children and the parents must consider their child support options. 

What is the history of child support?

Many people in Illinois deal with the child support system. You may receive or pay child support due to a divorce or other situation where both parents are not in the home. There are many different situations today where child support is ordered, but today’s situations are much different than how things were when the system was put into place in the mid-1970s.

Child support does not cover all costs of raising a child

During your divorce in Illinois, one of your top concerns is likely to be your children. Because you are going from one home to two, it can be difficult to spilt the income fairly to ensure the children are well-cared for. At Lois Kulinsky & Associates, LTD, we understand that challenges presented in this situation. That is why the courts order child support.

Child support modification process

Illinois child support orders are not set in stone. According to the Department of Health and Family Services, substantial changes in circumstances can because for a child support modification request. In addition, every case can be modified every three years. Support may be increased, reduced or, in some cases, ended. First, a case must be reviewed, which involves checking into financial information and other related facts, such as employment.

Back child support and the Passport Denial Program

Those who are unable to pay child support may face various consequences, some of which can completely upend life. In Wheeling, and cities throughout Illinois, back child support can result in steep financial penalties and arrest. Moreover, unpaid child support could leave a non-custodial parent unable to use his or her passport if they wish to leave the country. For those who are passionate about travel or need to head overseas for business, this is often devastating.

How is child support supposed to be used?

If you are getting child support in Illinois, you may wonder what exactly the support is to be used for. It is probably likely that you do not get enough support to cover every expense your child has, but this is not how child support is intended to be used anyway. According to the State of Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County, child support is to help with essential expenses. These are things like housing, food and basic clothing. Extra expenses that are not considered essential are not supposed to be covered by child support.

What should I do if I cannot pay my child support?

Child support is a court-ordered obligation. The idea is that you are helping to pay for your children’s needs. Support orders in Illinois are made with a careful examination of your financial situation and that of your child’s other parent, along with the needs of your children. Sometimes, though, situations change, and you may find yourself at a point where you simply cannot afford to pay your child support.

What happens if the parent paying child support is incarcerated?

Child support is a court-ordered responsibility. It is designed to provide for the care of your children. If your child’s other parent is ordered to pay by an Illinois court and then ends up being incarcerated, this responsibility does not change. Parents are expected to pay regardless of their personal situation if there is a child support order. Therefore, if your child’s other parent is detained, this will not affect your ability to get an order for support.