Elgin, IL Child Support Attorneys
Experienced Child Support Lawyers in Kane and McHenry Counties
While child support cases are generally about ensuring that the childs financial needs are met, bitter arguments between the supporting and receiving parents often arise. This can complicate the process and make it more stressful for all involved. At Pucci Pirtle, we understand the sensitive nature of child support agreements and also are skilled in calculating statutory child support based on a variety of different incomes and income structures. We also recognize that, while the needs of the child should be protected, the means of a supporting parent must also be considered. Our attorneys can help you navigate the process, ensure you understand your rights, and assist you in negotiating or litigating a fair settlement in your child support case.
Determining Child Support in Kane and McHenry Counties
Although receiving parents are allowed to use child support in whatever way they deem fit (including expenses related to housing, clothing, food, transportation, extracurricular activities, and educational needs), supporting parents often express concerns over how the funds are being spent. This can make for a highly contentious situation during a divorce or paternity case. However, most arguments in child support cases stem from a disagreement over the amount that should be paid.
Child support determination is fairly statutorily set in the State of Illinois, and while a supporting parent is ordered to pay a specific percentage of their income (based on the number of shared children) to the receiving parent, the calculation of net income and proper deductions is not always straightforward. Parents who do not wish to go to court may negotiate and agree upon a monthly amount, but it cannot be less than the states minimum guidelines. These guidelines are as follows:
|Number of Children||Percentage of Supporting Parents Income|
|6 or more||50%|
Often, one parent disagrees with the proposed child support payment. Reasons for disagreement may include anything from a shift in the allocation of parental responsibilities to a discrepancy between the reported and actual income of a supporting parent. Alternatively, a judge may order that the amount should deviate from the states basic support guidelines. This could happen for a variety of reasons, including:
- Standard of living experienced by the child before a divorce;
- Educational needs of the child;
- Physical, mental, or emotional needs of the child;
- Extracurricular activities deemed to be in the best interests of the child;
- Child care expenses otherwise unaccounted for;
- The split of parenting time between parents;
- Healthcare needs not covered by insurance; and
- Any other factors the court considers relevant.
If any of these factors apply to your situation, and you are involved in a child support dispute, Pucci Pirtle can help to ensure they are accurately accounted for and considered in your case. Our attorneys offer skilled and personalized representation for clients in Kane, DuPage, and McHenry Counties. To schedule your free initial consultation, contact us at 847-426-1866 in Elgin, IL or 630-945-8807 in St. Charles, IL. We also serve the surrounding areas of Algonquin, Geneva, Huntley, and Crystal Lake.