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Understanding The 2017 Illinois Child Support Law

1367087183.jpgThe new law will use an "income share" approach, similar to what is already in use in several other states. Under this model, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services will put forth a table that estimates how much money would be spent on a child of a similarly situated couple if the family were still intact. Essentially, this means that the Department will look at the combined net income of the two parties and determine how much would be spent on the child if the couple were still married. Once this level is determined, each party will be responsible for his or her proportional share based on his or her income. For example, if the table places the annual spending on the child at $20,000 and the father makes 40% of the combined income and one child lives with the mother, the father would pay the mother $8000 per year in child support.

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