Understanding Child Support And What You Can Expect

An important item to consider when faced with a divorce is the aspect of child support. If your children live primarily with you, you may be wondering what to expect in terms of monetary support from your former spouse. Likewise, if you are not the primary residential parent, you may be concerned about your obligation to pay child support.

At Greenwich Law Group, LLC, we are dedicated to helping families resolve the many important issues surrounding divorce. Alexandra M. Goddard, Jessica L. Malmquist, and Alison G. Turoff have been helping individuals and families understand Illinois child support for many years. They can help you get a grasp on what to expect in terms of child support obligations. In addition, our firm can help you modify existing child support orders.

How Illinois Determines Child Support

In Illinois, child support is determined by statutory guidelines, although there can be deviation if the Court makes certain findings. In general, child support obligations are a percentage of net income, amount of overnights, and overall general costs of raising your child. In some cases, a person's net income may be difficult to determine. In addition, it is not uncommon for the obligated parent to attempt to hide or conceal income in order to lessen his or her obligations. If you suspect this is the case, we will aggressively pursue the truth through discovery, including requesting financial records, deposing witnesses, and working with financial experts to pin down your spouse or partner's actual net income.

All child support rulings and agreements are subject to modification based on a substantial change in circumstances and the increased needs of the children. We can help you seek and obtain modifications to existing orders.

To discuss how our lawyers can help you receive child support or obtain a modification of your child support, contact Greenwich Law Group, LLC at 847-382-3995 or 312-558-9700, or you may use our online contact form to schedule a consultation. Our attorneys represent clients throughout the Greater Chicago area from offices in Chicago and Barrington.