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Each parent has a responsibility for financially supporting their children, whether the parents are together, separated or divorced.  When the parents are separated or divorced, or never married, the Court will order the non-custodial parent to pay support to the other parent. Only the court can award support or change the support award, and the amount is governed by statute.

In order to determine the amount of support a non-custodial parent pays, Illinois has adopted a standardized formula to determine the amount of support a parent pays based on the number of children the parties have together and a determination of the non-custodial parent’s net income. Child support has little or nothing to do with the custodial parent’s income.

Despite the attempt to create a formulaic approach to child support, the amount of support you receive or pay will depend on your specific case.  At Drendel & Jansons, we will examine in detail the income of the non-custodial parent to determine the proper amount of support to be paid.  This can be especially important when the non-custodial parent is self-employed or an independent contractor.  Working with many small business owners, we are attuned to how a small business owner’s income should be calculated, and we can work with you to obtain an optimal result.

In addition to child support, issues such as contribution to day care expenses, extra-curricular activities, health insurance and uncovered medical expenses will be considered and examined based on the specific nature of your case.  We are experienced in handling all of the issues having to do with child support and other expenses for children based on our years of experience.

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