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Wakenight & Associates, P.C.

707 N. York Street, Suite 201, Elmhurst, IL 60126

Elmhurst | 630-528-0734

Mokena | 815-458-5660   Oak Park | 708-480-9651

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DuPage County Child Support Attorneys

Lombard Child Support Attorneys

Lawyer for Child Support Disputes and Modifications in Elmhurst and Oak Brook

There is little question that raising a child requires a great deal of love, dedication, and effort. It also costs real money. While it is impossible to put a price tag on your child's happiness and well-being, the reality is that providing your child with the things he or she needs can be quite expensive, especially after a divorce.

At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., our attorneys have more than 95 years of combined family law experience. With our background, we understand that divorcing parents may struggle with the financial implications of raising children. We provide trusted guidance and representation in all matters related to child support so that the best interests of the children in question can be fully protected.

Lombard Child Support Lawyers Who Know the Law

For a number of decades, Illinois law stipulated that a non-custodial parent would be required to pay a certain percentage of his or her income as child support. The percentage was determined by the number of children being supported. The child support calculation was relatively simple, but many saw the law as too narrow and unfair to the paying parent. Two-income households have largely become the norm, but the law based child support payments on just one party's income after a divorce.

Over the last few years, a number of changes have been made to the Illinois laws applicable to child support. While the law still requires the parent with less parenting time—no longer called the non-custodial parent—to pay child support, the calculation now takes the income of both parents into account. The amount of parenting time that each parent has may also be factored into the calculation.

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS) has developed tables that determine the basic amount of support that a child can expect based on the combined income of both parents. The basic amount can be adjusted to account for shared parenting situations, health insurance costs, child care expenses, and extracurricular activities. The resulting amount is then divided between the parents based on their contributed income.

Skilled Counsel for Child Support Proceedings in Illinois

At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., we know that the formula provided by the law will be applicable in most child support cases. There are exceptions, however. If you and your spouse have an unusually high income, for example, the DFHS tables might not be applicable. In situations like this, or any other extraordinary circumstances, the court has the authority to order child support payments that serve the child's best interests. Our lawyers will review your case and help you explore all of your available options while working to ensure that your rights are protected along the way.

Our attorneys can also assist with cases involving child support for a child who is over the age of 18. Illinois law allows for non-minor child support for an adult child who is disabled or for a child who is attending college. These types of support are handled on a case-by-case basis and are dependent on the circumstances in question.

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If you are seeking child support from your former partner or are being asked to make payments, contact our office to discuss your case. Call 630-528-0734 for a free, confidential consultation with an experienced family law attorney at Wakenight & Associates, P.C. today. We represent clients in Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Lombard, Addison, Western Springs, Burr Ridge, Kane County, DuPage County, and the surrounding areas.

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