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By: tompmiller | September 12, 2018

Obviously, child support is money paid for the support of a child. Generally, it is for the support of a minor child. In Illinois, child support is due until the child is 18 years of age and has graduated high school, but not past the age of 19. Child support can be cut off earlier by emancipation events, which will be discussed in another blog.

Child support is for all of the child’s needs, except for the following, which are contributed to in addition to child support payments.

Daycare: cost of daycare necessitated by the parents’ work/schooling is generally not included in child support. Typically, the parties must contribute to daycare expenses in proportion to their incomes.

School Fees: generally, public school fees are not included i...

By: tompmiller | June 21, 2017

Effective July 1, 2017, Illinois will move to an Income Shares method of calculating child support. This means that the old method of calculating the non-custodial parent's net income and requiring that parent to pay child support of 20% of that net income for one child, 28% for 2 children, 32% for 3 children, etc., will no long apply. Instead, child support will be calculated under the new method.

First, lets assume a "standard" arrangement: there is a minor child who will primarily reside with one parent and the other parent will have parenting time that is substantially less than the "residential" parent's time with the child. The non-residential parent will pay child support to the residential parent based on both par...