Child Support And Maintenance (Formerly Known As Alimony)
A child support determination will significantly affect your future and the future of your child. During this important aspect of your divorce or separation, hiring an experienced family law attorney is critical. At Robert A. Chapski, Ltd., our clients benefit from our more than 50 years of combined experience handling family law cases of all types, many of which have included child support and maintenance determinations. Whether you are a potential recipient or payer, our attorneys are prepared and qualified to represent you.
Child support payments are determined using statutory percentages contained in the Illinois child support guidelines. Several factors are considered, including the noncustodial parent’s net income and the number of children. Exceptions and deviations from the guidelines are possible, so it is important to consult an experienced attorney.
Our lawyers will guide you through the process and make sure your interests are protected. We also regularly handle child support modifications.
How Is Alimony Determined?
Maintenance (formerly known as alimony) is determined using several statutory factors such as:
- The length of the marriage
- The roles of the spouses in the marriage
- The ages of both spouses
- The spouses’ incomes
- The couple’s standard of living during the marriage
There is no formula and there are no percentages used when calculating maintenance in Illinois. As your lawyers, our job is to examine the statutory factors and case law to provide you with the most effective legal advice.