Ensuring Full And Fair Financial Support Of Children
Child support is usually determined by a formula, but it is not always as straightforward as it might seem. There are legitimate reasons to deviate from the statutory support guidelines, at the initial determination of child support or later when circumstances or needs change.
The Bloomington family law attorneys of Schwulst & Roseberry, P.C., can review child support orders for compliance or advocate for adjusted levels based on new or changing circumstances. We also represent either parent in modification or enforcement of child support.
We have represented parents in family courts of McLean County and surrounding counties of central Illinois since 1971. Contact us today for a free initial consultation about child support and all related matters of family law and divorce.
Appropriate Determination Of Child Support
The Illinois child support guidelines determine support from the net income of the paying parents. It is important to have accurate information about all sources of income. This can be complex when a parent is self-employed, paid in cash or underemployed. If necessary, we can subpoena records or hire experts to trace undisclosed income.
Our lawyers are knowledgeable about deviations from the child support formula such as: consideration for special needs, private school tuition, college funding or child support obligations to multiple mothers. For higher income earners paying support, the court might see the statutory percentage as a windfall to the other parent. Likewise, if the custodial parent is the high earner, the other parent might pay less in support. We factor in the relative financial positions of each party.
Illinois Child Support Modification Can Be Difficult Without An Attorney’s Assistance
Either parent can petition for a change in child support if there is a substantial change in financial circumstances. The court will reduce support for a job layoff or reduction in hours, but not for voluntary unemployment or underemployment. Likewise, the court may increase support if the paying parent gets a promotion or higher paying job.
Schwulst & Roseberry, P.C., can assist parents in pursuing past-due support, whether in a paternity case or when a parent has ceased making court-ordered payments.
Contact Us To Discuss How We Can Help You And Your Family
We offer the first half-hour of consultation free of charge to determine if you can benefit from our representation. Call our child support attorneys at 309-751-4101 in Bloomington or email us today, and we will respond promptly.