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Modifying Child Support in Illinois by Joseph Dillon, Divorce Mediator
Many people mistakenly believe that once an Illinois child support order is in place, it must remain that way until the child either reaches the age of majority or finishes college. While typically courts prefer to keep things status quo, there are a number of reasons for modifying child support in Illinois, and there is a right way and wrong way to do so.
Illinois Child Support – The Basics by Joseph Dillon, Divorce Mediator
In previous posts we’ve talked about how Illinois child support is calculated, which is, for all intents and purposes, based mainly on the non-custodial parent’s net income. But the laws surrounding child support in Illinois are complex and can sometimes be confusing – especially if you’ve never had any first-hand experience with them.
Tossing Out the Child Support Guidelines by Joseph Dillon, Divorce Mediator
When it comes to calculating child support, many states have Child Support Guidelines which provide divorce mediators like myself with some basic rules on how best to proceed. But what happens when those rules don’t exactly work for a client couple? Read today’s case study about Lionel and Brenda.
Calculating Child Support in Illinois by Joseph Dillon, Divorce Mediator
If you’ve decided to divorce and you have children with your soon-to-be ex, it’s highly likely that child support will be a part of the divorce process. Like most issues, how this support is handled differs from state to state, and depends on several factors that are specific to each case.
Child Support Conversations with Your Ex by Joseph Dillon, Divorce Mediator
So how do you discuss the inevitable expenses that will come up after you’re divorced? Keeping your children’s best interests in mind and without losing your temper?
Child Support - Why Don’t People Pay? by Brian James, C.E.L. and Associates
As a mediator, I work a lot with divorcing, separating and never married couples who, for the best interests of their children, must agree on a child support amount that makes for both of them.
Child Support FAQs by Ernest Walton, Esq.
Marital misconduct is irrelevant in determining the amount of child support. The nature and extent of visitation is irrelevant in determining the amount of child support.
By now we should all be aware that child support accrues interest at 9% a year, as stated at 750 ILCS 45/20.7 and 5/505(b) Interest on support obligations. A support obligation or any portion of a support obligation, which becomes due, and remains unpaid for 30 days or more shall accrue simple interest at the rate of 9% per annum.

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