If you are a parent going through a divorce in Illinois, our firm may be able help you to negotiate for a fair child support order. By carefully reviewing the financial situations of all of the parties involved, we work to ensure that our client's rights are respected and that the child support order is in compliance with state guidelines.
Before a non-custodial parent is ordered to make child support payments, the court must determine how much the parent will be obligated to pay using the Illinois Statutory Guidelines. According to the guidelines, the amount to be paid each month is based on the non-custodial parent's net income and the number of children for which that parent is responsible.
Child support laws in Illinois establish a child's legal right to be supported by both parents. This support can either be direct through physical care or indirect through monetary payments to the person providing care. Most child support issues arise when one parent is providing the majority of direct care and the other parent is refusing to provide monetary assistance for their share of the care. The obligation to provide child support only ends when the child turns 18 or is considered emancipated through marriage, joining the military or declaring their own independence.
Illinois parents who are trying to collect child support may be able to point authorities to ex-partners' Facebook pages or other social media to demonstrate whether these exes might be able to pay more than they claim. For example, one parent who reportedly paid the minimum for years to stay out of jail now faces felony charges after bragging on Facebook about how much money they had.
Illinois rapper Chief Keef is in legal trouble stemming from a court hearing. A judge issued a warrant for the performer's arrest after his failure to show up for a hearing based on back child support. The rapper, whose legal name is Keith Cozart, was ordered to appear to answer allegations that he is in arrears of more than $10,000 for his 17-month-old daughter. The mother of the child has said that although Cozart paid some of the ordered child support and makes sure health insurance is available for his daughter, he has fallen behind in his payments.
Illinois movie fans may have heard that actress Halle Berry recently agreed to pay her ex-boyfriend almost $200,000 a year in child support payments. Since 2012, Berry had been fighting over custody with her ex-boyfriend, who works as a model. In that year, the actress tried to move the couple's daughter with her to France, but a judge blocked the request.
When parents of a child are not in a relationship, one often makes child support payments to the other. One out-of-state man was recently ordered to make support payments for a son that was legally -- but not biologically -- his, but he argues that there are several reasons why this should not happen. Families in Illinois may be able to learn from this case that raises questions about the impact of paternity in child support rulings.
Many Illinois parents are responsible for making child support payments that contribute to the care of their children. The amount is determined by many factors, such as the income of both parents or the specific custody arrangement between both parties. When a parent falls behind in his or her payments, the law provides a number of options for collecting. Moreover, past due amounts are typically subject to statutory interest. Such is the case for an out-of-state man who is facing a large bill for unpaid child support that includes a significant amount of interest that he claims he does not owe.