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Child support in Illinois: Know what you could owe

A child has the legal right to receive child support from both parents in one of two ways. The child can either receive it directly or through payments. That means that the parent who primarily has custody may not need to pay, but the parent who does not have primary custody will need to pay monthly installments.

Child support calculations are unique to each case, but there are basic guidelines. Illinois uses an income shares model. The model includes guidelines based on a table that shows the percent of income typically spent on children when parents live together. When a child stays overnight for at least 146 nights per year, basic child support obligations are multiplied by 1.5 times, and this is also factored into the payment along with the amount of time each parent spends with the child.

Marital property division: Use a checklist to your advantage

If you decide to divorce, you shouldn't waste any time learning more about marital property and the division process.

Before you can do this, however, it's important to answer this question: Do you know the difference between separate and marital property?

Do I need a prenuptial agreement? 5 reasons to get one

You got engaged. It was a private moment, but followed by hours on the phone and social media, telling everyone the good news. You and your significant other feel incredibly excited, everyone congratulates you and people begin asking how the wedding planning is going almost instantly.

The questions

How to come to a consensus about child rearing after divorce

After a divorce, it's hard to get along with your ex-spouse. A lot of things have happened that didn't help you get along any better. You know that you have to raise your child together, but neither of you wants to let the other be in control.

It's important to talk to one another about your child and to have open communication about how you expect your child to be raised. Failing to do this can lead to conflicts and end up harming your child in the long run. What should you do to make sure you can work together? Here are a few tips.

How to modify child support in Illinois

If you are paying or receiving child support, you may be able to seek a modification under the new support guidelines that went into effect in July.

In Illinois, you can seek a child support modification if your financial circumstances or your child’s needs have changed since the last support order. You can also seek a modification if the amount you pay or receive will change significantly under the new rules. 

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