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The advantages and disadvantages of a child support calculator

25553177_S.jpgWhen researching online for a divorce, Illinois residents might come across child support calculators. These tools can be helpful, but they are often not accurate. However, they can provide a general overview on how the payment decision will be made.

Child support and private school tuition

22875714_S.jpgIn some Illinois divorces, private school education for the children may be at issue. Some parents may want their children to attend private schools when the other parents do not feel that it is necessary. Whether or not a judge will order the non-custodial parent to contribute financially to the child's private school costs will depend on a number of factors.

Preparing for child support modification requests

37314715_S.jpgChild support can be modified at times if there is a material change in the financial circumstances of the parties, especially the parent obligated to pay. A job loss or reduction of income, or a substantial increase in income, additional dependents or other event may trigger a modification of support. Illinois parents who have gone through a divorcee and who have minor children should become familiar with the documentation needed.

Parents have options for negotiating terms of child support

67084405_S.jpgThe terms for child support payments do not necessarily have to be determined after a contentious court battle. Private negotiations between the parents or more formal proceedings such as mediation might enable Illinois parents who are ending their marriae to focus on the financial needs of the family and reach an agreement.

Stopping child support when a child becomes emancipated

43130335_S.jpgIllinois parents who are ordered to pay child support will be required to continue making payments until the child either reaches the age of majority or becomes emancipated. There are several reasons why children may become emancipated. For example, they may join the military, become financially independent from their custodial parent or they may get married before turning 18.

When a noncustodial parent becomes disabled

Many Illinois parents have gone through a divorce and have been awarded primary physical custody of their young children. In most cases, the court has also awarded them child support, and these parents often rely on prompt and timely payments to meet the costs of raising their children. While noncustodial parents may make every effort to comply with their obligations, a question arises as to how to proceed if such a parent suddenly becomes disabled as result of an accident.

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