Experienced Child & Spousal Support Lawyers
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Paying or receiving child support can be contentious. In most cases, the noncustodial parent will pay child support to the custodial parent. He or she will also contribute to costs such as health insurance, day care and the cost of education and extracurricular fees. Arriving at the precise amount can be challenging, requiring both parties to provide accurate information about income, expenses and debts. It is important that divorcing parents have knowledgeable attorneys to guide them through the process of determining child support. Otherwise, they may pay too much or receive too little.
Issues in Child Support Calculations
At Urban & Burt, Ltd., our lawyers help clients navigate child support and arrive at determinations that work. We make sure that all factors, both economic and noneconomic, are included in the calculations. Examples of noneconomic factors include the number of children and their needs. These and all other factors are considered when using the state child support guidelines to arrive at the right amount.
Deviations From Child Support Guidelines
In some circumstances, it is possible to deviate from the child support guidelines. Deviations, to be accepted by the court, must be justified and the court needs to make specific findings. Our attorneys, when proposing a deviation, make sure that the petition is supported by the evidence and the reasons for a deviation are clear.
An example of a deviation might be that one parent pays less child support in return for an agreement to pay for summer camp or private school. Or a parent may pay more child support and pay college expenses. We make sure that our clients’ rights are protected when deviating from the child support guidelines.
Factors in Spousal Maintenance
Unlike child support, spousal support (also known as alimony) has no formal calculator. Rather, the court considers the length of the marriage, ability of the parties to support themselves, age and health of the parties, the lifestyles of the parties and other factors to arrive at a determination of spousal maintenance. Maintenance, like child support, can be modified if circumstances change materially.
Contact our child support attorneys for a free 30-minute consultation. Call us at 708-381-5427 to learn how we can help with child support and alimony. We serve communities such as Bridgeview, Palos Hills and Mokena.