Kane County, IL Child Support Lawyers
Child Expense Attorneys Serving St. Charles, Geneva, and the Fox Valley Area
During a divorce, determining who pays child support and how much they will be required to pay is a process. The Illinois legislature uses a formula to determine the amount of child support based on several factors unique to each couple. Child support is one area of family law that is often disputed as parents struggle to sort out the financial aspects of separating their lives. At Bochte, Kuzniar & Navigato, P.C., we understand how frustrating this process can be and are experienced at successfully resolving child support conflicts. Our child support attorneys work with clients throughout the Fox Valley area and the western suburbs of Chicago. Our team is skilled at managing the complexities of child support arrangements, including:
- Establishing an order for child support;
- Post-divorce modifications; and
- Child support enforcement.
Changes to Illinois Child Support Laws in 2017
In July 2017, a new law went into effect refining the guidelines for child support in Illinois. Under the previous law, child support was calculated based on the supporting parent’s net income and the number of children. Under the new law, the formula for calculating child support has changed, and it now considers the following factors:
- The income of each parent
- Prior child support obligations
- The number of children to be supported
- Each parent's amount of parental responsibility
The State of Illinois does not allow child support to be awarded as a punitive measure against either parent, or as a form of alimony or spousal support. Child support is awarded with the sole interest of providing for the daily needs of the children involved. The standard duration for child support orders is 18 years of age, or until the child graduates from high school. Children 19 years of age and older will not qualify for child support unless specifically outlined in a college education plan or in the event that the child is disabled.
Some couples are successfully able to decide on a child support agreement on their own, qualifying them for an uncontested divorce. Couples with complex assets or high-net worth may find the process of determining child support more difficult, and may need to take their divorce case before a judge. In either case, our team is here to assist you.
We Can Help with Your Divorce
If you are contemplating divorce, or have already filed for divorce, you need legal representation you can trust. Your case is important and deserves an individualized plan to ensure that child support orders are equitable and within legal guidelines. Our trusted team of child support lawyers offers large firm expertise in counties including, but not limited to Kendall County, DeKalb County, and DuPage County and the cities of St. Charles, Elgin, Batavia, Aurora, Elgin, Wheaton, and Geneva. Contact Bochte, Kuzniar & Navigato, P.C. today. Our attorneys will work diligently to protect the best interests of you and your family. Call our office at (630) 377-7770 to schedule a free consultation.