A child support order is determined by what is reasonable and necessary for the support of the child or children. It is presumed that the guideline support amounts represent the amount of support that is reasonable and necessary, unless it can be demonstrated to the court that circumstances exist that would make the guideline amount inappropriate.
If you are concerned about how the court will calculate the child support amount and/or if you are concerned whether your child or children will receive the financial support they need, our dedicated family law attorneys at Masters Law Group can help. We understand the laws and the court process inside and out, giving us the necessary knowledge and experience to ensure that your child is properly provided for.
Illinois Child Support Guidelines
According to Section 505 of Illinois Compiled Statute (ILCS) 750, “…the court may order either or both parents owing a duty of support to a child of the marriage to pay an amount reasonable and necessary for his [or her] support, without regard to marital misconduct.”
Fault in the marriage has no bearing on the support amount. The court uses the following guidelines when determining the minimum amount of support required of a supporting parent:
1 child – 20 percent of the parent’s net income;
2 children – 28 percent of the parent’s net income;
3 children – 32 percent of the parent’s net income;
4 children – 40 percent of the parent’s net income;
5 children – 45 percent of the parent’s net income; and
6 or more children – 50 percent of the parent’s net income.