Chicago Child Support Lawyer Serving Cook County
As child care costs continue to rise every year, it can make the challenge of raising a child or children as a single parent that much more daunting. If you are divorced or never married the other parent of your child, you may be eligible for child support payments to help offset child care costs. Even if the parents share custody and parental responsibilities, Illinois courts can still order child support payments to be made by one parent. The attorneys at NextLevel Law, P.C. by Daniel R. Hernandez, Esq., are knowledgeable and ready to handle your child support case to ensure that you have the financial resources needed to provide a better life for your child. Led by Daniel Hernandez, they will guide you through the process, advise you of your options, and protect what is best for you and your child.
Child Support Payment Calculations In Illinois
No matter the reasons that you are seeking child support, it is essential to understand how child support payments are calculated in Illinois. Under current Illinois law, the monthly net income of both parents is added together and compared with a Department of Healthcare and Family Services schedule to determine what would be spent on the child if there was a joint household. This results in a percentage of basic costs that each parent is responsible for. Other factors are also included in the calculation, including the number of children, the division of parenting time and any spousal support payments between the parents. The less parenting time one parent has, the more likely they are to make child support payments. This variety of factors means that your payment amount may differ from someone who appears to have a similar situation.
At NextLevel Law, P.C., the attorneys work with clients, whether they are likely to be receiving or making the payments, to understand the calculations fully and make sure the outcome does not negatively impact your financial situation. These payments are meant to meet a child’s basic needs for housing, clothing and food. Additional considerations that may be included in the payments are daycare or other childcare costs, medical expenses, and costs associated with school or activities. In Illinois, college expenses for children over the age of 18 can also be included in child support payments.
Cook County Child Support Modification And Enforcement Attorneys
Once your child support order has been finalized, regular payments can be enforced. If the other parent fails to make regular child support payments, legal consequences can include fines, suspension of their driver’s license, garnishment of wages, and even jail time and contempt of court charges. We can help you get the legal support you need to ensure timely payments.
Our attorneys can also help you request a change to your child support payments if you or the other parent have had a significant change in your income or there has been a change to your child’s needs, such as a medical condition. Payments can be modified by court order to reflect the new circumstances better.
Contact A Chicago Lawyer For Child Support Cases
If you are going through a divorce, struggling to provide for your child, or looking to modify the amount of support you already receive, it is time to contact the Chicago child support attorneys at NextLevel Law, P.C. by Daniel R. Hernandez, Esq.. The law firm offers fixed fees and is always committed to providing clients with affordable representation. Take the opportunity to fight for a better life for your child. Call for a consultation at 312-442-2225. The firm’s team can serve clients in English or Spanish. The firm handles cases throughout Chicago and Cook County.