In this article, our Will County child support attorneys explain the changes to Illinois child support law that went into effect on July 1, 2017.
The changes to Illinois child support law have the intent of modernizing the law to match the modern parenting situation. Under the new "income shares" model of child support, courts use economic tables to calculate a certain base amount of child support for which the parents will be jointly responsible based on their combined incomes. Responsibility for this base amount is then allocated among the parents based on relative income. In a shared parenting situation, the amount of time that each parent is responsible for the child is also taken into consideration.