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Three Dramatic Changes to the Illinois Child Support Law

On July 1, 2017, at the legislature's modifications to Illinois' child support statute (750 ILCS 5/505) became effective. On the surface the modifications may not appear that significant but they are in practice in a number of ways. Below are the three most dramatic ways in which the child support law changes.

1. Both parents incomes are considered when determining the amount of child support to be paid;

2. If the person paying child support exercises 146 or more overnights with the children per year then there will be a dramatic reduction in the amount of child support ordered to be paid; and

3. People with income more than $150,000 per year will likely pay less in child support under the new law.

If your case is pending or isn't yet filed, the new law will apply to your case. If you receive or pay child support calculated under the old law, the new law will apply in the event that a modification of child support is ordered by the Court (there are numerous reasons child support could be modified). If you fall into one of these two categories you should speak to a knowledgeable family law attorney immediately about the implications of the new child support law on your situation.

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