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Building And Enforcing Child Support Agreements

Child support agreements are a fundamental part of many divorces. A number of factors go into calculating child support. It is important to have a skilled and experienced child support attorney on your side who can help you protect your rights and financial wealth.

Helping Fathers And Mothers Understand Their Rights And Obligations

At the Oak Park, Illinois, Law Office of Gabrielle S. Davis, P.C., I help both men and women work through the various issues that can arise during and after a divorce. As an experienced child support lawyer, I can help make sure your interests are protected when child support and spousal maintenance are being calculated and awarded.

As a parent, you are financially responsible for making sure your child has adequate financial support. I will help you build concrete solutions for your child support issues, including enforcement and modifications. Contact my Oak Park or Oak Brook law office today.

Child Support Guidelines Follow A Formula In Many Cases

Here are the basic child support guidelines in Illinois:

  • One child: 20 percent of take-home income
  • Two children: 28 percent of take-home income
  • Three children: 32 percent of take-home income
  • Four children: 40 percent of take-home income
  • Five children: 45 percent of take-home income
  • Six children or more: 50 percent of take-home income

Please note that these guidelines can be deviated from depending on the needs of the parties and the best interests of the child.

The state of Illinois has made a significant change to its child support law, and this new law will be in effect starting in July 2017. In the previous child support law, the amount of child support was calculated using a percentage of the noncustodial parent’s income and the number of children.

The new child support law uses an income sharing model that takes each parent’s amount of parenting time and responsibilities into account, as well as the income of each parent. This new law aims to better address children’s needs while taking into account the financial resources of both parents.

Need Assistance With Child Support Enforcement?

I represent clients who need to enforce an existing child support award. If your former spouse, for whatever reason, fails to live up to his or her obligation, I can help you seek legal remedies, including:

  • Judgments
  • Garnishment of wages
  • Levy bank accounts

Life Changes May Require Child Support Modifications

Of course, times and situations can change, and when they change significantly enough, such as a change in income or employment, I can help you petition the court to modify child support agreements. Having a child support lawyer on your side who can help you understand the realities of the law and how to pursue a legitimate modification to an agreement will play a substantial role toward the result you obtain.

Ready To Advocate For You In Child Support Matters

Call 708-628-5102 or reach me online to schedule a free initial consultation about any and all child support issues. I provide results-focused representation with personalized client service backed by more than 20 years of proven experience.