Calculating Child Support in Illinois
In Illinois, child support is calculated based on the net income of the non-custodial parent, and the number of children to be supported.
Net income is determined by taking gross income from all sources, and subtracting allowable deductions. Allowable deductions include federal income tax withholdings, social security contributions, mandatory union dues, mandatory retirement contributions, health insurance premiums, prior obligations for support, medical expenses, and repayment of debts necessary to ensure continued income.
Once this amount is determined, the number of children becomes a factor. In Illinois, the more children to be supported, the greater percentage the supporting parent will have to pay:
1 child: 20%
2 children: 28%
3 children: 32%
4 children: 40%
5 children: 45%
6+ children: 50%
The Illinois court will stick with the above guidelines for child support unless there are special reasons not to. The court may consider other factors besides the numbers, and deviate from the guidelines accordingly. These factors include the special needs of the child, the standard of living that the child is used to, and the financial needs of the supporting parent.
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Last Modified: 03-13-2013 04:27 PM PDT
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