Understanding How Custody Arrangements Impact Child Support Obligations in Illinois

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Understanding How Custody Arrangements Impact Child Support Obligations in Illinois
February 19, 2024
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Navigating through the complexities of child custody and support can be a daunting process for many parents. At Pinkston Law Group, P.C., we are committed to providing you with the clarity and support you need during these challenging times. In Illinois, the connection between custody arrangements and child support obligations is governed by specific legal standards, aimed at ensuring the best interests of the child are met. Here’s what you need to know.

The Basics of Child Custody and Support in Illinois

In Illinois, child custody is now commonly referred to as “parental responsibilities,” and it encompasses both decision-making and parenting time. The state operates under the “income shares” model for child support, which considers the income of both parents, the number of children, and the time each parent spends with the children. This model aims to maintain the child’s standard of living had the parents remained together.

How Custody Arrangements Affect Child Support

Shared Parenting Time: When parents have shared custody, or significant parenting time with the children, child support calculations are adjusted to account for the amount of time the child spends with each parent. This means that if you share custody, the amount of child support you receive or pay may be less than if one parent had sole custody, reflecting the shared financial responsibility during the time the child is with each parent.

Sole Custody: In cases where one parent is awarded the majority of parenting time, the non-custodial parent typically pays a higher amount in child support. This is because the custodial parent bears a larger portion of the day-to-day expenses of raising the child.

Modifications: Life changes, and so can child support obligations. If there’s a significant change in either parent’s income, or in the child’s needs, either parent can request a modification of the child support order. Similarly, if there’s a change in the custody arrangement, such as an increase or decrease in the amount of time a child spends with one parent, this can also be grounds for modifying child support.

The Role of Legal Assistance

Understanding and navigating the legal system can be overwhelming, especially when it involves the well-being of your children. That’s where we come in. The attorneys at Pinkston Law Group, P.C. are experienced in family law and are dedicated to helping you understand your rights and obligations. Whether you’re going through a divorce, seeking to establish paternity, or need to modify a child support order, we’re here to help.

Call to Action

If you’re facing questions or issues regarding custody arrangements and child support obligations in Illinois, don’t navigate this complex legal landscape alone. Contact Pinkston Law Group, P.C. today. Our team of compassionate and skilled attorneys will work with you every step of the way to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your children. Let us help you secure a future that reflects the best interests of your family.

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