Understanding Your Child Support Options

At Ryan Family Law P.C., we provide experienced legal representation in a broad range of family law matters, including those related to child support and college contribution. Whether you will be making or receiving support payments, our attorneys will work to protect your rights and the best interests of your children.

In Illinois, child support is determined by a set of statutory guidelines that takes into account a number of factors, including:

  • The number of children
  • The net income of the noncustodial parent
  • The cost of health insurance
  • Special needs of the child

While determining child support is generally a straightforward calculation, issues with the proper deductions, who gets to claim the child for tax purposes, bonuses, unemployment compensation, ordering a job search, children from prior relationships, day care expenses and extracurricular activities are all factors to consider when determining support. It is important to work with an experienced child support lawyer to ensure that your rights are protected and that your child obtains the support he or she needs.

Contribution For College Expenses

While child support typically ends at the child's 18th birthday, in some cases a court may find it appropriate for parents to contribute to the child's college education. In most cases, college contribution is addressed as a child support modification, although it may be part of the initial decree.

In determining the appropriate college contribution, the law takes into account the financial resources of each parent as well as the child. If your child is approaching college age, it is important to be proactive about issues relating to continuing support obligations and college contribution. Our attorneys can help you understand your rights and obligations in regard to college contribution in Illinois.

Ready To Help You Find Solutions

We have handled a number of child support cases throughout the region. To schedule a free consultation, please call our Elgin office at 847-586-0161 or send us an email. Our lawyers are well-versed in Illinois child support laws and can help you with all matters related to child support.