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 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.
Parents and basketball fans in Illinois might take an interest in the following current custody battle. Court documents state that Indiana Pacer and NBA All-Star Paul George has filed for sole custody of an infant girl that he may have fathered with a woman in New York pending the results of a paternity test. A prenatal test said that he was the father with a probability of 99.9 percent, but he reportedly had concerns regarding the original test's methodology and sought a second opinion.
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.