Secure Child Support Agreements: Legal Expertise

To make sure the vital agreements for your child’s stability and quality of life are done right the first time, get the help of a knowledgeable child-support lawyer now.

Experienced Child Support Attorney Serving Peoria and Surrounds

The team at Hanauer Law is composed of a dedicated group of highly-competent, tenacious legal professionals who take getting results in your case personally. Rob Hanauer founded our firm on the philosophy that legal representation is not just some run-of-the-mill type of service; it comes naturally to him to form a real relationship with each and every client by getting to know them and being straightforward.

You’ll never feel belittled or like you are just one of hundreds of clients. We know what is at stake for you when it comes to the care of your children and your relationship with them, so we take energetic strides when it comes to protecting your rights—with or without the need for litigation.

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Speak with a Lawyer Passionate about Getting Results

We want the best for you and your child when it comes to child support issues. We are about quality of representation, not quantity. Contact our child support lawyers in Peoria today to schedule a case evaluation. We are adept at handling cases that involve issues concerning children and parenting, such as:

What to Expect When Child Support is Being Determined

Laws passed in 2016 and 2017 brought some key changes to the way child-support obligations were determined, which is described in detail in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. It is a calculation based on the income of both parents. The judge will expect that each child is supported per the agreement until age 19 or until he or she graduates high school—whichever happens first.

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How Child Support is Calculated in Illinois

While there are basic principles that govern how child support is calculated, a judge will always take into account unique aspects of each case.  High-net-worth individuals, special needs children, and other factors can alter the basic calculation.  

  • Determine the net income of each parent and combine the two.
  • Determine 20% of that combined income. This is the amount that the law estimates would be spent on the children if the parents were not separating. This amount shifts depending on the number of kids.
  • Based on the net income of each parent, determine what part of that 20% each parent is responsible for contributing.
  • Whether or not one parent ends up paying the other parent child support depends on how many overnight stays the child has with each parent. Payments usually go to the parent with the majority of parenting time or the primary care giver if parenting time is not equal.
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Basic Child Support Estimator for Illinois Parents

The link below will take you to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Child Support Estimator where you can enter your specific information and get an idea of how much child support may be expected by law:

Illinois Child Support Estimator

Remember that this site is merely an estimate and may not reflect your specific situation. But it may be a helpful, preliminary resource in understanding your child support obligation.

Do You Need to Change Your Current Child Support Agreement?

Child support can be modified when a parent's circumstance(s) substantially changes. This can include changes in health, loss of a job, changes in expenses, a raise, and so forth. These changes would require a new child support calculation.

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Contact a Child Support Lawyer to Discuss Disputes, Modifications, or Allocations

Concerned your spouse is misusing child support payments? Need to modify an existing agreement? Want to make sure your child and your relationship with him or her is protected? Contact us right away, and let’s get to work on your case.

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