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What should I know about child support?

Generally, child support is awarded when an unmarried Illinois parent has sole custody of a child. In such cases, the non-custodial parent will pay child support. The court will calculate the amount of child support as a percentage of the non-custodial parent's income.

No matter who is paying or receiving the child support, parents may wish to see child support as a legal right possessed by their children rather than as something that the parent him or herself is entitled to. Indeed, child support is intended to be used for the upbringing and care of the child and if the child did not exist, no child support would be required.

In the United States, approximately 50 percent of marriages result in divorce. Further, approximately 25 percent of all United States children have been born to parents who are unmarried. Therefore, the regulation and policing of child support decrees is an important part of government services. These days, government child support enforcement agencies take the matter seriously and aggressively seek payments from parents who have failed to make their payments.

A family law attorney can be helpful to Illinois custodial parents who are owed child support. Such a lawyer can also help non-custodial parents assert their rights in court. A lawyer can also be useful in other child support issues, such as applying for a reduction of one's support obligations in the event of a worsening of economic circumstances, or applying for an increase in payments. Regardless one's family law problem, solutions are available to help a parent overcome challenges and preserve his or her legal rights in the matter.

Source: FindLaw, "Child support basics" Oct. 13, 2014

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