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Child Support FAQ

Illinois Child Support FAQ

Nothing is more important to parents than making sure their children have the resources and support they need, and child support is a crucial component of that. It is important to understand the laws and regulations regarding child support to ensure your children have what they need. Here are some answers to child support questions we are frequently asked at Gravel & Wechter P.C.

Who is responsible for paying child support?

In general, the parent who does not have majority parenting time with the child is responsible for paying child support. However, in some cases, neither parent pays child support due to equal incomes, equal parenting time, and other factors.

How is child support determined?

Child support is determined by using a formula that uses factors such as the income of each parent, the child’s needs, the costs of raising the child, and the amount of parenting time each parent has. 

How can I get child support?  

When a couple is married, it is presumed that a man is the father of his wife’s child. When parents are unmarried, it can be a bit more complicated. To obtain child support, it will be necessary to prove paternity. Learn more.

Are there any circumstances where a parent can be exempt from paying child support?

It is rare but not impossible for a parent to be exempted from paying child support. This is usually a temporary arrangement due to financial hardship, not a long-term exemption.  

I need more answers. Who can I turn to?

Call our Gurnee office at 847-855-8447 or submit a contact form to get in touch with an experienced family law attorney.