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Actress must pay $2,800 a month for child support

Some Illinois custodial parents might find the child support amount awarded to the ex-husband of actress Jodie Sweetin enviable. A court has ordered the star of the television show "Fuller House" to pay $2,800 every month for the support of her 7-year-old daughter.

According to the child support order, the father is to receive $1,400 on the first of every month and another $1,400 on the 15th of each month. Support payments are to continue until their daughter reaches age 18 unless she dies, becomes emancipated or gets married. The court decision also included a requirement for Sweetin to pay child support going back to Sept. 1. She has until March 1, 2018 to fulfill the obligation for retroactive payments.

The couple appeared to have enjoyed only brief happiness after their private wedding ceremony in March 2012. By June 2013, Sweetin started the process for legal separation from her spouse. They completed their divorce in August 2016, but the child support obligations of the mother were not settled until the court decision in December 2017.

Child support awards are governed in part by child support guidelines that are generally based upon the income of both the non-custodial and the custodial parent. Family law courts will often deviate from those guidelines if certain factors exist, such as extraordinary medical needs of the child, and the overall principle that guides judges who are making these decisions is the best interests of the child. However, couples are free to negotiate an accord on their own, and they often have the assistance of their respective attorneys when doing so.

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