Child support payments are payments made to a parent for the purposes of assisting that parent with the expense of raising the couple’s children. Read More >
If parents are unmarried, the parent responsible for the child has a right to receive child support. Child support payments are usually based on the guidelines described in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. In addition to guideline child support, the non-custodial parent may be required to contribute to educational expenses, medical insurance, medical expenses, day-care, summer camp, extra-curricular expenses, and college expenses. Learn more about child support and how its calculated below.
What is parentage? Essentially, it’s a documented legal relationship between a parent and their child. Parentage can be established in Chicago whether a couple is married or unmarried with one of the following:
After a child’s parentage has been determined, one parent may be required to pay the other parent child support. Parental responsibilities and parenting time (known formerly as custody and visitation), however, must be established by the courts.
Once paternity has been established, one parent can seek child support from the other. If you were found to be the parent of a child, the other parent can receive child support from you based on Illinois’ “income shares” model, which was established in 2017.
Whether you’re seeking child support payments from the other parent, or you have questions about establishing paternity, Conniff Law Offices can help. Contact us to set up a consultation on our Oak Park or Chicago office.
Child custody refers to where a child resides and who makes parental decisions for that child. Read More >
Most custody judgments have clauses prohibiting the custodial parent from removing the minor child from the state. Read More >
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