How Much Child Support Will You Have to Pay After Your Divorce?

As with all financial issues, child support is one of the most contested and emotional issues to navigate during divorce. Illinois parents want to care for their children, but they also want to ensure that they are financially capable of meeting their court-ordered obligations after divorce. When there is a question or concern over child support and the amount of the payments, it can be useful to seek a complete case evaluation regarding rights and options.

Child support is intended to provide the custodial parent with the means to give children a continuity of lifestyle after divorce. This money is also designated for medical care, educational costs, special needs and the normal expenses that are associated with raising a child. The amount of money paid by the non-custodial parent will be based on many factors, including the financial capabilities of both parents.

Child support calculations are based on a formula. The financial security of the children is important to maintain, but situations and circumstances can change over time. If the non-custodial parent is unable to keep up with payments, he or she would be wise to seek a formal modification to the child support order. This is well within the rights of the parent.

Child support should consider the needs of the child, but an Illinois parent should ask questions and take steps to fully understand how to protect their financial well-being and parental rights during a divorce. We understand how complicated divorce can be, particularly regarding financial matters, but our team offers guidance and information. Schedule a case evaluation with a member of our team to learn more about your potential child support obligations.