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Within limits, parents can get creative bargaining child support

In Illinois, parents have some freedom to be creative in their bargaining when it comes to setting an appropriate amount of child support. For example, in lieu of a straight up cash payment, a parent may also agree to pay all or part of particular bills and expenses that come up. Other alternatives may include setting up a fund for one's children so that they can draw income from it.

Getting a modification of child support in Illinois

As this blog has discussed previously, Rockford, Illinois, residents who are ordered to pay child support do not have a lot of say in the matter. They either need to come up with the money, or they will face serious penalties that can profoundly affect their lives and can even lead to some time in jail.

More on Social Security and child support

A previous post on this blog talked about how a Rockford, Illinois, resident's Social Security check, so long as it is not Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, counts as income when it comes to calculating child support since it is there to replace all or part of what one would have made had he or she been working.

What can I do to adjust the amount I pay in child support?

During the divorce process, one of the many issues the parents of children will tackle is child support. In many cases, the court will order a parent to provide ongoing financial support for their children, particularly if those children are to be placed in the physical custody of the other parent. The overall goal is to ensure the child, or children, receive the same amount of support they received while the parents were legally married.

How one figures income in difficult support cases

Under Illinois law, just about any money a parent makes, even if it is not taxable, can count when a court is determining child support. In fact, one of the most controversial parts of figuring child support is determining the appropriate figure to input for each parent's income.

Seeking child support from an ex-spouse in another state

Earlier we reviewed the case of a mother who has spent 25 years trying to get her ex-husband to meet his financial obligations toward his two children. While the two live in different states, one federal law in particular does allow the enforcement of child support across state lines. Let's look a little more closely at how this works.

Challenges with child support enforcement across state lines

Even after parents divorce, they continue to bear financial responsibility for their children. Child support payments as outlined in Illinois state law are not a matter to be taken lightly; delinquent payments not only have a negative impact on the children, they can have serious consequences for the parent who fails to make them. Yet sometimes a custodial parent will find it necessary to take legal action to enforce these payments.

How child support formula changes may help parents

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the average noncustodial parent pays about $430 in child support each month. That translates to about $5,160 a year. However, a change to Illinois law may lower that amount for parents paying child support in the state.

Establishing paternity with DNA testing

When Illinois couples who are unmarried have babies, parentage may later have to be determined if the couples break up and there are custody and child support disputes. An unmarried man is not automatically presumed to be the father of a baby. Instead, his paternity must be legally established for child support to be ordered or for the man to gain custody or visitation rights.

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