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How Many Years Do You Have to Pay Child Support in Illinois?

 Posted on June 30, 2023 in Family Law

Hillside Family Law AttorneyChild support is a vital part of family law. It ensures the well-being of children whose parents are no longer together. In Illinois, understanding the period of child support obligations is essential for both custodial and non-custodial parents. Below we will explore the guidelines and regulations surrounding child support in Illinois, shedding light on how long one may be required to pay child support.

Determining Child Support in Illinois

Before diving into the timeframe of child support, it is important to understand how child support amounts are calculated in Illinois. The state follows specific guidelines that consider various factors, including the income of both parents, the number of children, healthcare expenses, and childcare costs. These guidelines serve as a foundation for calculating child support obligations.

Duration of Child Support in Illinois

Child support obligations in Illinois continue until the child reaches the age of 18, in most cases. However, there are certain circumstances where child support may extend beyond this age - for instance:

  • Child Support for Disabled Adult Children: If a child has a physical or mental disability and requires ongoing support, child support may continue into adulthood; 

  • Educational Expenses and College Tuition: Illinois law allows for the extension of child support to cover college expenses, including tuition, books and housing, if deemed appropriate and reasonable; and,

  • Other Exceptional Circumstances: In rare cases, the court may extend child support if some kind of extraordinary circumstances necessitate ongoing financial assistance; 

Modification and Termination of Child Support

Child support orders in Illinois are not set in stone and can be modified under certain circumstances. If there is a significant change in either parent’s financial situation, such as a job loss, or an increase in income, a modification of child support may be requested. Child support obligations automatically terminate when the child reaches the age of 18, or in the event of the child’s death or the death of the paying parent.

Enforcement of Child Support Orders

Child support is a legal obligation, and failure to comply with court-ordered payments can have serious consequences. In Illinois, several enforcement mechanisms are in place to ensure compliance, including income withholding, liens on property, driver’s license suspension and even passport denial. Non-payment of child support can also result in being held in contempt of court,  which could lead to fines and potential jail time.

Contact an Oak Park Child Support Lawyer

Understanding the duration of child support obligations is vital for parents involved in custody arrangements. For help along the way and to maximize your rights, contact a highly-experienced Illinois family law attorney. Call Law Office of Vincent C. Machroli, P.C. at 708-449-7404 for a free consultation.


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