Payment of support after divorce is based on numerous factors. When discussing child support issues, the parents are typically each responsible for the financial well-being of the children. This includes costs associated with regular payments for their day-to-day care and may also include educational and medical costs. In general, support payments in Illinois will be determined based on:
- How much each spouse earns – generally the higher earning spouse will pay maintenance as determined by the courts to the other spouse.
- Children of the marriage – when one parent has physical custody, the non-custodial parent may be required to pay child support to ensure the child does not suffer financially as a result of the divorce.
- Spouse’s options – the health, earning capacity and age of each spouse as well as their ability to earn a living and acquire assets will be considered.
- Career options – in some cases, one spouse may have forfeited career options to care for the home and children; this along with the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage may be considered when ordering support payments.
We will do a full evaluation of the various issues the courts may consider when determining spousal and child support payments and we will do our level best to reach an agreement outside of court to be incorporated into your final divorce decree. When this is not possible, we will make sure we fight vigorously on your behalf to ensure your financial future is secure. If you are going through a divorce in Illinois, contact Biederstadt Law, P.C. today for help. We know how financially devastating divorce can be and we will serve as a strong advocate for your rights.