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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.

The previous version of Illinois' child support law based payments solely on the income of the non-custodial parent. This means that a flat rate was applied, and the judge could also order the parent to pay health insurance premiums or other such additional payments. Under the new rules, other factors are taken into consideration when calculating child support amounts. A new formula is used to calculate payments based on both parents' incomes and visitation times with the child.

Lawmakers believe this new system will be a fairer one. While this change may not make a big difference in some situations, others where the non-custodial parent has a higher income may see a bigger shift. The new formula will be in effect for upcoming cases, but officials stated that pre-existing cases may not be affected unless a significant change in income or visitation times is made.

The new law was established in early August after committees received feedback from the public and examined factors that affected both parents. Any Illinois resident who is considering divorce and needs more information about child support could consult an experienced attorney to learn more. Additionally, an attorney could assist individuals in court and aid with any future related legal proceedings.

Source: bnd.com, "Changes in child support law take effect in Illinois", Beth Hundsdorfer, Aug. 18, 2017

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