Understanding Child Support in Illinois

Child support may seem fairly straightforward, since it is based on clear guidelines, but it is actually one of the most hotly contested issues in many divorce and paternity cases. At Lois Kulinsky & Associates, Ltd., we have more than 45 years of combined experience helping Illinois residents with child support arrangements. Our goal is to see that the right amount of money changes hands so your child has the necessary financial support.

Our fees can be paid with credit cards or through an installment plan. We believe that you will find them affordable, because we work as a team to maximize every dollar.

Illinois' Child Support Guidelines

Illinois law provides basic guidelines for the amount of support that should be provided. Typically, that support will be:

  • 20 percent of the payer's net income will be paid for one child
  • 28 percent for two children
  • 32 percent for three children
  • 40 percent for four children

Child support is not tax-deductible by the person paying it, and the person receiving it does not pay taxes on it. The recipient has the right to be paid through a notice for withholding with the payer's employer. Child support is then automatically deducted from the person's paycheck.

Unallocated Family Support

Unallocated family support combines child support and alimony, also known as spousal maintenance. Unlike child support, unallocated family support is tax-deductible for the payer. The recipient must claim it as income, which can prove beneficial. Our attorneys can educate you about the benefits of unallocated family support in your situation.

Child Support Modification and Enforcement

Our lawyers handle all post-decree matters. If you need assistance changing child support arrangements because of a change in circumstances, we can help. We can also assist with child support enforcement law.

Learn more about child support by reviewing the resources offered on this website, including our family law FAQs and many family law articles written by our attorneys.

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Contact us online to schedule your free, half-hour consultation with an Illinois child support lawyer from our firm. You can also call our main office in Wheeling and Buffalo Grove at 847-459-4448 or our Libertyville office at 847-281-0200 or . Free, half-hour initial consultations are available for new clients, and we serve all of greater Chicago.