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Wheaton Child Support Lawyer

Wheaton Child Support Attorneys

Lawyers for Child Support Matters Serving DuPage County and Surrounding Areas

If you are a parent, you know that raising a child in today's world takes effort, commitment, and love. The reality, however, is that it also takes money. While there is no way to measure how much your child's safety and happiness are worth financially, meeting your child's needs can be expensive. The experienced family law attorneys at Goostree Law Group recognize that divorced and unmarried parents often struggle with the financial aspect of raising their children. With that in mind, we offer skilled guidance and responsible representation to those involved in all types of child support matters.

A Changing Child Support Laws in Illinois

For many years, child support obligations in Illinois were calculated as a percentage of the paying parent's income. These types of calculations were straightforward, but they were seen by many as unfair to the paying parent. With the increase in two-income households over the last few decades, basing support obligations on just one party's income often failed to account for the entire situation.

In 2017, the law regarding child support in Illinois was changed dramatically. The updated law requires the court to follow a set of guidelines that takes the income of both parents into consideration. For the first time, the court can also account for the amount of parenting time that each parent has with the child. Specifically, the court is expected to utilize tables provided by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to determine the amount of support the child should expect based on the income of both parents. That amount can then be adjusted for each parent's parenting time and divided between the parents based on their income. Additional factors include the costs of health insurance, childcare, and expenses for extracurricular activities.

Aurora Family Lawyers Helping Parents Protect Their Rights

At Goostree Law Group, we realize that child support concerns are often associated with divorce, and we are equipped to provide quality representation at every stage of the divorce process. However, we also know that parents who are not married to each other often face challenges related to child support as well. Regardless of your marital status, we can help. Whether you are seeking child support to help ease your financial burden or you are being asked to pay more support than you think is necessary, our lawyers will assist you in understanding your options. We will conduct a comprehensive review of your case and work with you in building a case that protects the best interests of your child without compromising your ability to provide for yourself.

With more than 80 years of combined family law experience, we understand the importance of developing creative solutions to child support disputes. Our team can help you negotiate an agreement that is fair to both parents and beneficial to your child. If an agreement cannot be reached, we will aggressively represent your interests in the courtroom at trial when necessary.

Speak With a Downers Grove Child Support Lawyer

To get the answers you need to your questions about child support in Illinois, contact our office. Call 630-364-4046 and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at Goostree Law Group today. Our firm represents mothers and fathers in child support matters in Wheaton, Aurora, Warrenville, Woodridge, Lisle, and the rest of DuPage County.

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