Category Archives: Child Support

What You Need to Know About Paternity Fraud

You bring a child into your life, raise them to the best of your ability, only to learn later that you never shared your DNA with them. Such is the plight of paternity fraud victims. Misattributed paternity is devastating for men who have spent a significant time of their life believing that they were biologically tied to their child. According to the American Association of Blood Bank, it conducted 300,626 paternity tests on men in 2000. Out of which the tests ruled out nearly 30% of them asContinue reading

ESTABLISHING CHILD SUPPORT – 750 ILCS 5/505

In Illinois the law under which child support is established is 750 ILCS 5/505.  It applies to children of married parents (pursuant to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act) as well as to children of parents who never married (ie:  parentage cases pursuant to the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984).  In both circumstances the Court is entitled to set child support based on a percentage of the non-custodial parent’s net income.  The Court has the ability to award child support retroactive to the date the requestContinue reading

Are lump sum child support buy-outs allowed in Illinois paternity cases?

LUMP SUM CHILD SUPPORT BUY-OUTS IN ILLINOIS PATERNITY CASES ILLINOIS PARENTAGE ACT OF 1984 (as amended) Back in the late 1990’s the unmarried parents of a child reached an agreement for the father to pay the mother a lump sum of $50,000 for current and future child support including medical expenses, college expenses, extracurricular activity fees and all other financial responsibility.  They further agreed that the Father would not have visitation with the child.  To formalize their agreement, the filed an action to establish his parentage of theContinue reading

Make Sure Your Child Is Well Supported After Divorce

If you are headed for a divorce, making sure that your child or children are well supported is of uptmost importance. Child support matters are perhaps the most hotly-debated topic in relation to the break up of a marriage. As a parent, it must be your wish that your child gets the support he or she needs at each step of his or her life. To make sure that this happens, hiring a good attorney for legal counsel is of paramount importance. We will WORK HARD to protectContinue reading

A Guide to Child Support Hearings

Child Support is one of the primary decisions in a divorce that involves a married couple with children. The spouse who looks after the child can either state financial independence or claim child support from the petitioner. If you want to claim child support and you are not sure how much you need to ask for, you can get a professional divorce attorney to negotiate on your behalf. Keep all paperwork ready If you are claiming child support, you need to prove that you have expenses related toContinue reading

Child Support – Tips for Reaching an Agreement

When a married couple divorces, child support becomes a raging issue if it is not sorted out amicably. The children may bear the brunt of ugly discussions and verbal spats. At times, a mediator can help both parents discuss the situation and make the right decisions. Obviously, the spouse who must pay for child support feels the need to negotiate and the spouse looking after the children seeks more support. Here are some tips to reach an agreement. Keep the proof ready If you are the parent seekingContinue reading

Court requires divorced dad to pay daughter’s tuition

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Some Illinois residents who were following a divorce settlement case in New Jersey may be interested to learn that the father’s appeal has been declined by the appellate court. This decision affirms that of the original trial court, which ruled that the father in this case would be obligated to pay $112,500 for his daughter to attend Cornell Law School. According to the terms of the original divorce agreement he signed with the mother, both parents would beContinue reading

Beyonce’s father gets cut in child support

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Support on Monday, March 10, 2014. Chicago fans of Beyonce Knowles may want to know about legal issues her father is facing. Mathew Knowles was recently granted a reduction in child support for his minor child by the Los Angeles Superior Court. Knowles, who has a minor child with an actress, was originally paying $12,000 a month for child support. He had earned some money playing a few small parts in television shows and playing a role in the movie “Baby Boy”Continue reading

Child support payments made easier in Illinois

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Support on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Chicago parents who must pay court-ordered child support may now have an easier way to get the payments in on time. Child support is not like other bills, and failure to pay can have serious legal implications and negatively affect the child’s necessities of life. A new app may help to keep track of the child’s expenses and the payments owed by the non-custodial parent. The support of a child is complex, and medical costsContinue reading

Moving from Illinois can complicate child support

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Support on Monday, February 24, 2014. A person going through a divorce who plans on moving from the Chicago area afterward may run into complications when minor children are involved. Child support payments must be made regardless of the location of the parents or child. A divorced father recently testified in a Kansas City courtroom that he purposely moved out of the country to Thailand in order to evade making child support payments to the mother of his son. The manContinue reading