Child Support Attorney in Schaumburg IL

Are you and your spouse in the middle of a divorce in Schaumburg, IL? Do you have questions about what will happen to your children and who will be financially responsible for their wellbeing after your divorce is finalized? Have you been feeling overwhelmed by what the future holds for your child and for your family?Man playing with son

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are not alone. Nearly everyone who is going through a divorce has questions and concerns about the process—particularly when children are involved. That is why our Schaumburg family law attorney, Mr. Robert Kaplan, chooses to work with clients all throughout the greater Chicago area to help their divorces go as smoothly as possible. 

You probably have questions about your child and any potential child support you will have to pay as a result of your divorce. At the Law Offices of Robert M. Kaplan, we are here to help guide you through this difficult time. If you need a trusted family law attorney who can answer your questions about child support guidelines and requirements, please give our law office a call. We can schedule a time for you to meet with Mr. Kaplan so that he can discuss your situation with you and help you come up with a plan. As a licensed Illinois family law attorney, Mr. Kaplan can provide you with specific legal advice and represent you in your divorce proceedings if necessary. 

Below we have compiled some general information about child support in Schaumburg, IL to help you better understand the topic. For answers to your individual questions or to retain our law office, please schedule a legal consultation with Mr. Kaplan. 

What is child support? 

As its name implies, child support is a monetary payment made to help support minor children. Child support typically comes into play after marriage or another committed relationship has ended. Child support is designed to benefit children who are typically under the age of 18, and it can cover a wide range of living expenses from basic necessities to extracurriculars and even college tuition. 

The bottom-line goal of child support is to help keep the child’s standard of living equal and even between the two parents, even if the child spends significantly more time with one parent. For this reason, child support payments may not be equal between both parents. 

For example, if you are the only working parent or if your salary is significantly higher than your spouse’s, you can expect to pay more than they do in child support each month. Your child support payments (or lack thereof) will vary depending on your individual set of circumstances. 

To learn more about the specifics of child support and how you can expect your arrangement to work, you can contact child support attorney Robert M. Kaplan today by calling our law office. 

What are some specific examples of what child support covers?

As explained above, child support can actually be used for a wide range of expenses. At the very minimum, child support should cover the basic living expenses of your child. This includes items such as clothing, food, shelter, and healthcare. Child support from one parent will typically help cover costs such as rent or mortgage payments and utility bills. 

Traditionally, child support also covers reasonable education-related expenses such as school supplies, tuition or course fees, or tutors. 

It may surprise you to learn, however, that child support is often used for much more than these basic “necessary” expenses. While child support was initially designed to cover only the essentials in life, it has become a more complex — and highly debated — topic in many divorce cases. 

If it is specifically stated in the settlement agreement, child support payments can commonly cover costs related to transportation (think gas, bus passes, and car insurance), entertainment (sports, clubs, and extracurriculars), and vacations (airplane tickets and hotels). Your child support agreement should specifically outline the types of uses for the money that are appropriate. You can work with our caring Schaumburg family law attorney to come up with a settlement agreement that is best for you and your family. 

Why do I need an attorney’s help when it comes to child support? 

How much money does it really cost to raise a child? Perhaps you know the answer to that question. Perhaps you think you know the answer, but when you see the actual dollar amount, you may be surprised. Child support expenses can add up very quickly, and you may be feeling at a loss for how to manage them. 

Boy in green rain jacketIn the end, you want to make certain that your child gets a fair amount of financial support. You also want to look out for yourself and make sure that what you are being asked to pay is reasonable. Whether you are going through a divorce or are involved in a paternity dispute, the Law Offices of Robert M. Kaplan, P.C., in Schaumburg, IL, can help you handle this important aspect of your case.

How is child support calculated?

Child support payments are going to be different in every situation. The amount you and your ex-spouse are required to pay in child support will be determined by several factors and largely based on each party’s income. On average across the country, monthly child support payments tend to be in the range of $400.00.  

In most cases, the calculation of child support is a fairly straightforward matter. Each parent's income is considered according to the state's child support guidelines to come up with an amount. Other issues may need to be taken into consideration as well, such as childcare, medical care, educational needs, and parenting time. 

While the calculation of child support tends to be straightforward, there is also the issue of making certain that all of the numbers used in the calculation are accurate. An experienced lawyer makes certain nothing is overlooked. At the Law Offices of Robert M. Kaplan, it is our job to make sure you are never paying more in child support than what is fair. When you are ready to schedule your meeting with attorney Robert Kaplan, give our law office a call. 

How do I modify my child support payments?

Do you need to make a change to existing child support payments? Changes in income, from job loss to salary increases, may require changes. Unexpected expenses, such as those that come with emergency medical conditions, may also require adjustments. You may even need to make a change to cover college tuition. We can help with changes to child support.

If you need to modify your child support payments in Schaumburg, IL, we can help! Contact attorney Robert Kaplan today by calling (847) 845-9477

Free Legal Consultations Are Available in Schaumburg

We offer free legal consultations to help you determine if our team is the right fit for your child support needs. Our law office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and evening and weekend appointments are available. 

We offer legal guidance to people in Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, and Hoffman Estates, IL. Contact us today to schedule your meeting with Schaumburg child support attorney Robert M. Kaplan!