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20 N. Clark Street, Suite 2720
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Phone: 312-345-9999

Schaumburg Office

1515 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 640
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: 847-995-9999

Wheaton Office

400 S. County Farm Road, Suite 320
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Phone: 630-653-9400

Orland Park Office

15255 W. 94th Ave., Suite 201
Orland Park, IL 60462
Phone: 708-226-9904

Chicago IL Child Support Attorneys

Committed to the Best Case Results Possible

When you have children and are seeking a divorce, there are many issues that must be handled properly. The Chicago-based law office of Anderson & Associates, P.C. is a full-service family law firm focused on creating equitable, enforceable legal solutions for tough family issues. Our attorneys have in-depth experience with resolving child custody and child support matters professionally.

2017 Changes to the Illinois Law Determining Child Support

A major overhaul to the law controlling how Illinois Courts calculate child support went into effect in July of 2017. Under the new law, Illinois courts are stepping away from the rigid practice of using a fixed percentage of a non-custodial parent’s net income to calculate the child support they owe. Courts will now consider each parent’s amount of parenting time and responsibility, as well as each parent’s net income when determining the amount of support paid by a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent.

The new Illinois law is centered around an income sharing model, designed to meet the best interest of the child in each unique case. If your divorce case involves children, it is important that you talk to your Chicago child support lawyer to determine how the unique circumstances of your situation will dictate the support you pay or receive.

Enforcing Child Support

If the non-custodial parent fails to pay child support or is late with payments, we can help you enforce the court order and receive your child support payments. Failure to pay child support can result in severe consequences, including wage garnishment and even jail time. The penalty will depend on the situation, but failure to comply with a court order is a serious matter. If you are having difficulty receiving child support payments from your ex-spouse, we can help you find a solution to as quickly as possible. Additionally, if you are dealing with interstate support issues, we can help.

Alternatively, if you are a non-custodial parent and find yourself unable to make child support payments due to changes in your income, health problems, or any other reasons, we can help you avoid being punished for unfortunate circumstances by seeking post decree modifications to your child support order. Communication is vital for all parties involved to ensure that your children maintain financial stability.

Modifying a Child Support Award Under the New Law

The passage of the new child support law does not automatically guarantee that you will be able to modify a preexisting child support agreement. As was true for modifications to child support under the previous law, you will still need documented proof that a significant change has occurred to impact the designated child support amount. Child support payments may change based on certain conditions, including:

  • A significant change in the health of the supporting parent or child
  • A change in income or employment status for the supporting parent
  • A change in the needs of a child

No matter the reasons, we can initiate a post decree modification or an amendment to a court order and ensure that child support payments are adjusted to the proper amount. Child support is meant to maintain the welfare and well-being of the children involved in a divorce, and we make every effort to ensure that they are protected. We are champions for those who cannot often articulate their needs and we take pride in being firm, fair, and professional in every family law matter.

If you need assistance with child support issues, contact us to schedule a free consultation. Our firm is conveniently located in downtown Chicago, Schaumburg, Wheaton, and Orland Park. We serve clients throughout the Chicago area and beyond.