Child Support in Will County

We can help clients receive the child support they deserve, whether you are married or not. Below are the statutory guidelines in Joliet and Illinois. There are certain cases where the statutory guidelines can be deviated from, but generally the below chart is set in stone. A good Joliet family law or divorce lawyer can help you get child support in a quick, efficient manner. We would be happy to help.

To establish a child support order in Illinois and Will County, the amount of child support considered for the order depends on the non-custodial parent’s net income and the number of children for which he or she is responsible. The chart below represents the minimum of what may be ordered according to the Illinois Statutory Guidelines (750 ILCS 5/505 Sec. 505).

Number of ChildrenPercent of Non-Custodial Parent's Net Income
120%
228%
332%
440%
545%
6 or more50%

The guidelines in the chart are applied to each case in Joliet or Will County unless the court makes a finding that the amount determined in the guidelines would be inappropriate after considering the best interests of the child. Relevant factors for deviations may include but are not limited to:

  • The financial resources and needs of the child(ren);
  • The financial resources and needs of the custodial parent;
  • Standard of living the child(ren) would have enjoyed had the marriage not been dissolved, the separation not occurred, or if the parties had married;
  • The physical and emotional condition of the child(ren) and their educational needs; and
  • The financial resources and needs of the non-custodial parent.

Net income is the total of all income from all sources, minus the following deductions:

  • Federal income tax;
  • State income tax;
  • Social Security (FICA);
  • Mandatory retirement contributions;
  • Union dues;
  • Dependent and individual health/hospitalization insurance premiums;
  • Prior obligations of support or maintenance actually paid pursuant to a court order or administrative order;
  • Expenses to repay debts that represent reasonable and necessary expenses for the production of income;
  • Medical expenses necessary to preserve life or health; and
  • Reasonable expenses for the benefit of the child and the other parent, exclusive of gifts.

If net income cannot be determined, the court shall order support in an amount considered reasonable in the particular case.

If net income cannot be determined in administrative cases, the Department uses a standard amount based on the state’s minimum wage to arrive at the monthly support obligation. The Department is given the authority to establish support through an administrative process. Support orders established through this process have the same force and effect as a judicial order. (45 CFR 300.0 or 89 IL Administrative Code, Sec. 160.60 or 305 ILCS 5/Art. X).

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