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Child Support FAQs
How much should be paid in child support?
The law provides guidelines regarding the minimum amount of child support:
Both parents may be required to pay child support.
From what income is child support paid?
Child support is calculated by adding up all sources of income and making the following deductions:
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.
When may child support vary from the guidelines?
The duty is to pay child support in an amount sufficient to provide for the reasonable and necessary physical, mental, and emotional health needs of children. The best interest of the child is the governing principle.
Child support may be less than the guidelines if the child resides with the parents on a substantially equal basis, if the non-custodial parent is paying significant expenses for the custodial parent, or if the parents split custody of several children.
How long must child support be paid?
Generally, child support must be paid until a child reaches majority.
To determine whether and the amount to award disabled child support or college educational expenses, a court will consider the financial resources of the parents, the standard of living the child enjoyed before the divorce, the financial resources of the child, and the child's academic performance.
If a parent fails to make child support payments, his or her Illinois driver's licenses may be revoked.
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