Struggling Illinois dads: Look into child support modification

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Friday, May 17, 2013.

In Illinois, the amount a father will pay in child support is based on statutory guidelines. The No. 1 factor in these guidelines is how much the father earns. However, other factors are also considered, such as if the father is already paying child support for another child from another relationship, alimony costs, child care costs and medical costs. All of this information is gathered in order to determine how much a father should be paying in child support each month.

The hope is that when the amount is determined, this is an expense the father can afford to pay. If not, this is where the father can run into not only serious financial problems, but also legal problems if he does not pay the full amount.

One father recently spoke out claiming he is living in his car in order to pay his child support. The man said he pays $14,000 a month for a child he fathered 16 years ago.

For this father, his finances dictated that with the $14,000 a month child support payment, he would have to either give up his home or his car. He decided that at least with his car he would be able to still get back and forth to work.

In hearing of a case like this, where a father is essentially homeless due to his child support bills, while there are a lot of unknowns regarding this father’s case, those dads in Illinois who are struggling to make monthly child support payments should know it may be possible to work with an attorney in order to receive a child support modification.

Source: Huffington Post, “Child Support: Tennessee Man Lives Out Of His Car To Make Payments,” May 16, 2013

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