If you are going through a divorce, you know first hand the difficulties involved in separating property and adjusting to a new life. This entire process is often more difficult if there are children involved.
As unwilling participants in the divorce, children should receive the same emotional and financial support that they would have if their parents would have remained together. Child support is designed to help bridge the financial gap kids may experience when moving from a traditional family to a single parent household.
Income shares model
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Illinois follows an income shares model of child support. Rather than base the child support amount on the income of one parent, the income shares model places the financial responsibility on both parents.
Each parents’ gross incomes are combined. The child support amount is then calculated based off of the Illinois schedule of basic obligations and standardized net income table.
Factors taken into account
In addition to the amount of income each parent takes in, Illinois courts may also consider other factors before setting the final allocation of parental responsibilities. Depending on the circumstances of the situation, these may include the following:
- How much time each parents spends with the child
- Whether there are child care expenses
- Distance the parents live from one another
- Number of children involved
- Any child support amounts paid to other children
Medical expenses and education costs may also be factored into the final child support amount.
Keep in mind that once a child support amount is set, it may be modified if circumstances change.