In this article, we will explain the definition of "net income" for Illinois child support. We will explain how child support is calculated in Illinois, as well as how courts determine net income for the purpose of calculating child support in Illinois.
For an overview of Illinois child support law, check out our article: Illinois Child Support 2019.
On July 1, 2017, Illinois changed the way child support is calculated by switching to the “income shares” model already in use in many other states. Any child support obligations from orders entered after that date will be calculated as follows:
This means that if you are the payor, the higher your net income, the higher your child support obligation is likely to be. On the other hand, a higher net income from the recipient tends to reduce the payor’s child support obligation.
Gross income is any money that the party receives from any source. Net income is the party’s gross income less the following types of income:
If a parent is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed, the court may use potential income rather than actual income in calculating net income for the purpose of child support. For more on this, check our our article: How is Child Support Calculated When One Parent is Unemployed or Underemployed?