Following a divorce proceeding, one party may be required to pay the other one child support. Many divorces involve children and the laws that are in effect help to limit the impact that a divorce can have on the child involved. For the child to maintain their quality of living, one of the parents is responsible for payment of support to the other parent. It is essential to make sure the child receives the care they need. Depending on the financial circumstances of the parties involved, the amount of the support may vary. The age of the child, their current well-being and reasons surrounding the divorce play a key role in how much support is awarded.
The amount of child support the parent is ordered to pay may remain the same for an extended period of time until such date that the child turns 18. Because it is presumed that both parties want the best for their child, the court will order an amount of support for the child to ensure that the child does not suffer as a consequence of the divorce. If the payments are agreed upon without any necessary changes from the parties involved, they may not need changing throughout the duration of the support order. In Illinois, the payments will continue until the child turns 18 years of age. There are situations where the payments can be reevaluated based on differing circumstances, such as that of financial changes with the parents involved.
After the court’s initial ruling on support payments, several factors can change the amount of money paid by one of the parents. If there is a dramatic change in one of the party’s financial situations or issues with the child, the court may order a change for support to be paid. If there are behavioral issues with the child or they become sick, there might be a need to reevaluate the amount of support paid by the other parent.
Another reason for reaching these agreements is to ensure all of the payments are made. The parent making the payment does not get to decide when to pay support and how much. It is a court-ordered, legal obligation that the parent makes their payments in full, and on time. Because child support determinations can be both complex and contentious, many people hire attorneys to help guide them through the matter.