Answers to Child Custody and Support Questions in Illinois
Child Custody agreements are now referred to as “Allocation Judgments” in the state of Illinois, allocating parental responsibilities to each parent in piecemeal fashion. Parents may choose which responsibilities they will be responsible for such as one parent taking responsibility for school decisions while the other maintains decisions for medical care.
Allocation Judgments may also be written so that these responsibilities continue to be shared.
The establishment of a parenting plan is now required under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, addressing the allocation of parental responsibilities regarding time spent with the child and decision making which affects the child.
If faced with child custody or allocation judgment decisions, be sure to work with an experienced family law attorney who can help you sift through the legal language to help you determine what is best for your child.
Child Support and Modification in Illinois
If you are entering into a child support order or considering requesting a modification, you may be wondering how much you will receive, or have to pay under child support law in Illinois. New laws affecting child support in Illinois took effect July 1, 2017 with the income of both parents now considered when determining a child support order.
The new guidelines in Illinois child support law take relevant factors into consideration which include:
- Financial resources and needs of both parents
- Financial resources and needs of the child
- Current standard of living under the civil union or marriage
- Emotional, physical and educational needs of the child.
- Amount of time the child is with each parent
The Allocation Judgment will affect the support order in that a parent that has limited time with the child such as infrequent overnight visits will pay more than the parent which has the majority of time with the child.
When questions arise regarding child support orders or modification, it is critical to speak with an experienced child support lawyer who understand the laws and all new revisions of the law.
Anderson & Boback for Child Allocation and Support Orders
Anderson & Boback are experienced family law attorneys with a clear understand of divorce, child custody and child support laws in Illinois. We strive to provide peace of mind by explaining what to expect and helping you to obtain the best possible outcome for your child.
Anderson and Boback are top-rated child support attorneys in Chicago with experience in Illinois family law. We help to establish and enforce child support, and provide guidance when a child support modification is called for. Contact us today for a confidential consultation and to learn more about your rights under Illinois child support law.