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Child support in Illinois depends primarily on income, not time

In an increasingly globalized world, there is a lot of information online about child support and how it is calculated. From all this information, people who are considering divorce may feel that they have a fairly solid understanding of the divorce process. However, it is important for divorcing parents to keep in mind that family law -- and especially child support laws -- can vary a great deal from state to state. With that in mind, Illinois residents will want to be fully aware of how our state's laws will affect child support agreements.

While child support is common in all states, the various ways that family law courts approach the calculation of payments may be completely different. For example, in Illinois, the law does not take into account parenting time when child support payments are being calculated. In other words, it doesn't matter how much time you spend with a child; the child support payments are calculated based on a fixed percentage of the income earned by the paying parent.

This is different from many other states, which may reduce a parent's child support obligation after taking into account the amount of time the parent spends with the child.

Couples in the Peoria area who anticipate paying child support will want to be sure they are referencing the correct legal resources while calculating. One goal of divorce negotiations is of course an equitable resolution, and if children are involved, another and even more important goal is ensuring their well-being. That is why a full disclosure of income from both divorcing parties is of the utmost importance for accurately determining child support payments.

Source: FOX Business, "How States Differ on Divorce Laws," Cindy Vanegas, May 7, 2012

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