Child support concerns are common for both married and unmarried parents who have decided to end their romantic relationship. One of the most common questions is: “how does Will County determine child support?” Our dedicated legal team at Reidy Law Office LLC can help answer your questions and help you navigate the legal process. We are ready to help you make the best decisions for your family. Reach out to learn about the nuances of Will County child support determinations.

Income Shares Approach

As of July 1, 2017, Illinois began using a new model for child support awards known as the income shares approach. Under this model, both parents’ gross income is used in establishing the award. From this amount, the approach aims to estimate each parent’s net income. Net income is determined by taking the gross income and deducting tax obligations as well as any other existing child support obligations.

Once the net income of both parents has been determined, each individual net income will be combined to gain an idea of the total income that would be gained were both parents to remain in the same household. Each parent’s percent of contribution to the combined net income will be determined.

Using the state’s predetermined child support obligation for the number of children involved, the parent obligated to pay will be required to pay the amount of the monthly support payment equal to the percentage of their income when both parents’ incomes are combined.

The custodial parent of the child is presumed to be contributing their allocated amount and the noncustodial parent will be required to make payments. These payments are typically done through payroll deduction and then disbursed to the custodial parent via check, direct deposit, or debit card.

Modification of a Child Support Award

While the income shares model is a newer approach, that does not mean it will change much about your current child support award even if you have not sought to modify that award under the new approach. If you have concerns about how this approach might affect your payments, or if you have other concerns related to your child support determination, modification might be right for them.

Generally, modification of a child support award is allowed when the individual obligated to pay child support experiences a significant change in finances. While this change could include loss of a job, modification is generally not available for voluntary unemployment or voluntary underemployment. If you experienced a significant change in circumstances that you believe may warrant a modification of your current child support agreement, you could discuss their options with a well-versed attorney.

Role of an Experienced Legal Advocate Regarding Child Support

Child support issues can be intimidating and overwhelming, but they do not have to be. An experienced child support attorney can help you understand important information about the process and also prepare for how it might impact you. Whether you are receiving child support or obligated to make child support payments, there is a great deal at stake on many levels. Child support will affect both parents financially, but it will also have a significant impact on the child because it can help protect their best interests and well-being. Call Reidy Law Office LLC today to discuss your options.