DuPage County Child Support Attorneys
Compassionate Hinsdale Child Support Lawyers
Divorce can be extremely stressful and emotional, and when children are involved, the arguments can become even more contentious. The Illinois courts are charged with making decisions based on the best interests of the child, and the Illinois child support guidelines represent what is considered reasonable and necessary to support a child, absent any circumstances which would make the amount inappropriate. The experienced DuPage County family law attorneys at the Farooqi & Husain Law Office understand the Illinois laws governing the child support process and have the necessary experience to ensure your child is provided for now and in the future.
How Illinois Child Support is Calculated
Following an update to Illinois law that took effect in July 2017, the method of calculating child support payments has changed. Prior to this change, child support payments were based solely on the non-custodial parent's net income and the number of children being supported. Now, child support is based on both parents' combined income, and courts will also take each parent's amount of parental responsibility and parenting time into account. While the guidelines for determining child support are straightforward, the judge has the discretion to adjust the amount based on the following:
- The physical needs of the child, as well as the emotional and educational needs of the child;
- The financial resources of the custodial parent/the financial resources of the non-custodial parent; and
- The goal of maintaining the standard of living experienced by the child prior to the divorce.
There are additional instances, however, in which a skilled lawyer can be crucial in determining the amount of child support. As an example, when the non-custodial parent has certain income irregularities, whether he or she is a seasonal worker or is self-employed, child support guidelines may not apply.
Additionally, when the financial circumstances of the either parent change, a parent may choose to petition the court to change the amount of support. Attorneys Ausaf K. Farooqi and Naveed S. Husain are experienced DuPage County family law attorneys who consistently provide high-quality legal services to those who are in the midst of emotional family law issues. We understand that a divorce may cause financial issues as well, and will work with you to provide a billing structure which will fit within your budget.
Is Child Support Related to Visitation?
Many parents who receive or pay child support payments believe child support is directly tied to visitation. The parent paying the support may feel if the other parent denies visitation, he or she can withhold the child support payment. The parent receiving the support payments may feel a late payment warrants denial of an upcoming visitation. When child support is not received, the receiving parent must go through the proper legal channels to collect. However, a late payment does not give them the right to deny visitation rights to the other parent.
Many studies show that fathers who are allowed to consistently spend time with their children will be much more likely to meet their monthly child support obligations. A parent who moves out of state may notice an increase in missed child support payments. The parent who has a strong, ongoing relationship with his or her children, no matter the distance between them, is much more likely to ensure those children are well-taken care of through child support payment. If you are having difficulty collecting court-ordered child support—or if you have been denied visitation rights—it can be beneficial to contact an attorney from the Farooqi & Husain Law Office.
Illinois Child Support Attorneys
The Oakbrook Terrace lawyers at the Farooqi & Husain Law Office are committed to helping you get through your divorce and your child custody and support issues in the least damaging manner. We will take the time to provide you with comprehensive answers to your questions regarding child support, and we take pride in being extremely accessible to our clients. If you require a child support attorney who is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of Illinois family law, contact us at 630-909-9114. We serve clients in DuPage County and Cook County.