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When a judge creates a child support order, the payments must arrive every month until the child reaches adulthood or is emancipated, adopted by a stepparent, or joins the U.S. military. 

Life circumstances often change. People gain and lose employment, marry, and divorce, and health fluctuates up and down, all of which can have a significant impact on the financial well-being of a household. For many divorced parents, it is likely that at some point during the duration of child support payments, the order may require child support modification.

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Illinois child support, Naperville divorce lawyerDivorced or unmarried parents who are not their child(ren)’s primary caregiver are legally required to pay child support to help pay for their child(ren)’s living expenses. These payments are put toward necessities necessities such as food, clothing and shelter, but generally do not cover child care, health care bills, education and extra-curricular activities. In most cases, the courts require more support in order to contribute towards these additional expenses.

How Child Support is Calculated

In Illinois, a judge, typically, will calculate child support payments. Minimum amounts range from 20 percent of net income for one child to 50 percent of net income for six or more children. This means that if a parent does not live with a child(ren) full time, and nets $100,000 annually, he or she will be required to pay $20,000 a year in child support for one child, or at least $50,000 a year if he or she has six or more children.

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