Numerous reasons exist why you may not be receiving appropriate child support payments. First and foremost, have you asked for child support? Did you work with a proven divorce attorney to set up a legally binding child support order? In some cases, you may be dealing with a parent unwilling to pay child support or a noncustodial spouse claiming they can’t afford to pay. No matter what your particular situation, a lawyer tends to be the easiest and most effective way to get child support in the fallout of a divorce.
According to the United States Census Bureau, around 14.4 million custodial parents are caring for 23.4 million children under the age of 21 living in a single-parent home. Of these, less than 45% of custodial parents received full child support payments in 2011.
Legal Guidance for Getting Child Support
In child support cases, often the first step is establishing fatherhood. If the parents were not married when the child or children were born, paternity testing may be necessary. In divorce cases, the relationship between parents is often strained, making custody, child support, and other conflicts more intense and less productive than they should be. A seasoned divorce attorney can help to bridge the gap. It is important to note, that while an attorney can help with communication issues throughout the process, the children will be better off in the long run if the parents learn to communicate with each other for the benefit of the minor child or children.
In addition to helping with a smoother, more effective transition, the divorce lawyers at Conniff Law Offices are extremely familiar with the ins and outs of child support requirements in Cook County, DuPage County, and Lake County, Illinois. Your attorney will guide you in determining an appropriate amount of child support to ask for based on the noncustodial parent’s income, the number of children you have together, the custodial parent’s income, and the amount of time each parent spends with a child, or the children. Soon in Illinois, child support will be determined based on the concept of income sharing which will take into account each of these factors.
Enforcing by Court Order
It is possible to reach a suitable child support settlement agreement outside of court. However, in the State of Illinois, the Court must still review and approve the terms of your agreement to ensure the terms meet Illinois’ child support guidelines as described in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Once approved by the Judge and entered as an order of the Court, the agreement becomes the binding court order for child support.
Hiring an experienced divorce attorney is the key to getting the child support you need to properly care for your family. The attorneys at Conniff Law Offices can help you move through the process in a timely manner while also ensuring each step of your child support case goes smoothly. Contact us today for more information!