Securing A Financially Safe Future For Your Child
While child support can be based on an agreement between parents, this is not always the case. Though it’s typically determined by calculating incomes and potential expenses, there is opportunity for an attorney to both explain the terms of the child support agreement and advocate on your behalf in order to come to fair terms that are also in the best interests of your child.
At The Law Offices of David Sternfield, LLC, we have been assisting individuals with child support and other family law matters for over 20 years. Located in Chicago and operating throughout Illinois, we help parents understand the child support guidelines, and strive to push for pragmatic, logical agreements that work toward establishing a financially secure future for your child.
How Is Child Support Determined?
Typically, child support payment takes into account the following:
- The custody (parental responsibility) arrangement between the parents
- The incomes of both parents
- The cost of the child’s health care and other essential provisions
- Any alimony (maintenance) or other support payments
How Is Child Support Enforced?
Child support enforcement is a serious issue in Illinois. Failure to pay can result in significant penalties, including wage garnishment or even possible imprisonment.
Our firm has helped both custodial spouses expecting payment and noncustodial spouses who have been unable to meet the demands of the child support agreement.
We understand the importance of crafting a viable agreement, as well as the necessity to enforce it. Our firm provides clients with access to an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who is able to advocate for your side and your rights. If necessary, we’ll work to modify your agreement.
Can A Child Support Agreement Be Modified?
While it is possible to enact a modification of a child support agreement, there must be a significant change in circumstances to do so. Typically, this involves a situation where a parent has undergone a significant change in employment status or the child’s needs have changed. Our firm can help you explore your options and can direct you toward ways of modifying the agreement.