When an individual retains their parental rights over their child, they are expected to contribute to the financial needs of their offspring. If their child lives with them then they may make daily contributions to their child’s care when they buy them food, pay to keep a roof over their head or purchase them new shoes, clothing and school supplies. However, when a child does not live with their parent that parent may not have the same level of regular involvement in the child’s day-to-day care.

In such situations a noncustodial parent in Illinois may be asked to pay child support for the benefit of their child. Child support is based on how much the child’s parents make as income. The income shares model is used, which takes into consideration the earnings of both a child’s custodial and noncustodial parents.

Though the state follows guidelines for the computation of child support, those guidelines can be deviated from if the child’s or family’s situation warrants such action. Additionally, a parent who is bound to pay child support may seek a modification of their payment amount if they become unable to maintain their payment schedule due to a loss of a job or other financial hardship.

Parents who are mandated to pay child support should take their obligations seriously. The state can seek penalties against those who fall out of compliance with their child support orders. This post should not be relied on by any reader as specific guidance or advice. Family law attorneys may be a resource for those who have deeper questions about child support in Illinois.