DuPage County Child Support Lawyers
Experienced Child Support Attorneys in Lisle, Naperville and Downers Grove
When couples divorce, among the most highly debated issues are custody and support of their children. Both parents are responsible for supporting their children, and it is always best for the divorcing parents to agree to a child support arrangement outside of court. However, there are times when a reasonable arrangement cannot be made without litigation. In either case, it is important to have an experienced family law attorney in your corner to ensure that your rights (and the best interests of your children) are protected.
At Momkus McCluskey LLC, our skilled and compassionate family law and divorce lawyers have vast experience with all aspects of child support and related issues. Whether you are getting a divorce or were never married to your child's other parent (as in parentage cases), we help advocate for your interests as we work toward securing an agreement that both sides can be satisfied with. Our hope is to reach a support agreement as amicably as possible. However, if the need arises, our family law, civil litigation and appellate attorneys stand ready to effectively argue your case in front of any Illinois court.
July 2017 Child Support Law Changes in Illinois
The state of Illinois has certain guidelines the court must follow in determining the amount of child support that will be awarded to a parent. As of July 2017, those guidelines have been streamlined and overhauled. Courts will now use an “income sharing” model to calculate the amount of child support that a non-custodial parent will pay to a custodial parent. However, these guidelines can be altered at times, depending on specific circumstances and the strength of the case presented by your legal counsel.
The previous law based the amount of child support solely on a percentage of the non-custodial parent’s income. Under the new law, the court will calculate the amount of money required to support the children based on the combined net income of both parents. Once that amount has been determined, the court will calculate the amount that each parent will contribute to that total based on their respective net incomes, while also taking into account each parent’s amount of parenting time and parental responsibilities.
Child Support Modifications and Enforcement
After the divorce is finalized, circumstances often change, rendering the child support award excessive or insufficient. In such cases, revisiting the original support agreement may be warranted. Our attorneys can put together a strong argument for a modification of the agreement based on the new circumstances and in keeping with the best interests of the child. There are also times when the non-custodial parent is not fulfilling his or her support obligations. When this happens, it may be necessary to employ one or more enforcement mechanisms. Our experienced attorneys can help ensure all the proper steps are taken to effectively enforce the existing child support arrangement.
For skilled guidance on all matters related to child support agreements, modifications and enforcement, contact Momkus McCluskey LLC today at 630-434-0400 for a consultation. We provide advice and counsel from our team of experienced and compassionate child support attorneys in DuPage County, Lisle, Naperville and Downers Grove.