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Advocating for clients in child support income disputes

A previous post here talked about how child support disputes can emerge when one parent is not earning an income. Usually, the other parent will not be able to help but feel a bit jealous and annoyed, since a parent who does not make income does not have to pay as much child support. On the other hand, the other parent may feel he is doing his absolute best to pay support and shouldn't be held responsible for not being able to find a job despite efforts to do so.

Child support when the other parent isn't making money

Many single parents in Rockford, Illinois, who have responsibility for their children most of the time likely feel strongly that they should have help from the child's other parent in the form of child support. However, because the amount of child support a person must pay depends heavily on that person's income, it can be difficult to collect support from the other parent if he or she is not gainfully employed or running his or her own business.

A parent with a special needs kid may need child support help

A previous post here discussed how parents in Rockford, Illinois, who are doing their best to raise a child with special medical or educational needs may also have some special legal needs when it comes to setting up child support. Sometimes, the Illinois Child Support Guidelines, which are tailored with the "typical" family in mind, do not adequately account for the extra costs that come with raising a special needs child. These costs include extra medical and counseling bills, costs for various therapies and rehabilitation efforts and extra costs for educational and other support.

Parents in Illinois owe over $3 billion in child support

Illinois has a problem with uncollected and overdue child support, according to some relatively recent statistics. More specifically, as of 2016, parents in this state were, altogether, behind about $3.1 billion in their child support payments. This number has held relatively steady over the last five years.

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.

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