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Are You Going Through a Child Support Case? Our Attorneys Are Here to Protect Your Rights

Determining Child Support in Illinois

Call Our Hoffman Estates Divorce Lawyer for Assistance

No matter how contentious your divorce proceedings, you may have certain financial obligations to help care for your child or children. Determining this is based on a number of personal and professional issues, including whether or not you have sole or joint custody and what your employment situation is.

No matter what you circumstances, your first responsibility should be for the care and well-being of your children. Child support should never be used to leverage a legal advantage against your ex-spouse, nor should they seek more than is necessary to maintain your child’s way of life. At the Law Firm of Caryl Jacobs Gabe, Ltd., our divorce attorney works with you and your former spouse to determine a plan that works best for your family.

If you are going through a divorce in Hoffman Estates, call our office at (847) 278-2851 for your free consultation.

Calculating Child Support Payments

In Illinois, the minimum amount of child support a non-custodial parent should pay is determined by the number of children they need to support and their financial needs. Typically, this starts at 20% of the parent’s net income for one child, and can be up to 50% of the net income for six or more children.

Other factors that may factor into calculating child support include:

  • The child’s financial needs, including health care and education expenses
  • The financial resources of the parent who has custody
  • The child’s standard of living before the divorce
  • The financial needs of the non-custodial parent
  • The child’s age, physical, and emotional condition
  • Parent’s assets, including payments from a previous marriage
  • Insurance costs, work expenses, such as union dues, taxes, and debts

While many lawyers and online resources offer simple calculators, determining monthly payments is often more complicated than that. The assistance of a skilled divorce attorney can help ensure that mistakes are not made that could jeopardize your chances at getting the support your children need.

Modifying & Enforcing Support Orders

In cases when you or your spouse’s situation has changed, it may be necessary to recalculate child support payments. This can involve returning to court, additional legal paperwork, and the possible involvement of law enforcement.

Regardless of your situation, our Palatine & Hoffman Estates divorce lawyer at the Law Firm of Caryl Jacobs Gabe, Ltd. can help represent your children’s best interests, no matter if you are seeking to create, modify, or enforce agreements.

We serve clients across the suburbs of Chicago from our offices in Palatine (by appointment only) and Hoffman Estates. To schedule an appointment during our flexible office hours, fill out a free case evaluation to get started.

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Happy Clients

  • I will be recommending many more people to her. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you.

    “I came to Caryl initially to get some legal advise, and I was so impressed with her calm demeanor in our initial consultation that I came back to her a week later and filed for divorce. The process was so quick and easy. All my questions were answered in an expeditious and honest manner. I will be recommending many more people to her. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you.”

    E.B.

  • I have recommended my family to her over the years and their experiences have been wonderful as well.

    “I have hired Ms. Gabe on several occasions to assist me with my divorce and other family law related matters. She is a true professional, and always took the time to listen. I have recommended my family to her over the years and their experiences have been wonderful as well.”

    R.M.

  • Thank you for all that you did for me. It will not be forgotten.

    “Caryl handled my divorce and made a very difficult time in my life an easy one. Thank you for all that you did for me. It will not be forgotten.”

    S.N.

  • It's nice going into the court room knowing that your lawyer is 3 steps ahead of the competition!

    “Carly Gabe and her staff provided me with A+ legal advice and the counseling support to help me come out of the divorce in good spirits and ready for my new life. It's nice going into the court room knowing that your lawyer is 3 steps ahead of the competition!”

    M.R.

  • She fought for me and I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for the best.

    “Wow! Thank you, thank you to Caryl Gabe and her staff. I had a very difficult custody battle with my ex and Caryl was always there for me. Her experience and creativity allowed me to gain full custody of my children. I went to other attorneys who listened to my predicament, and she was the ONLY ONE who said it was doable. She fought for me and I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for the best.”

    Laurie Faye