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New Income Shares Child Support Guide

Margaret Bennett co-authored an article in the Illinois Bar Journal titled, “The New Income Shares Child Support Guidelines”. This article helped break down recent changes in the Illinois Child Support Law.

Illinois implemented a major change in how child support is computed. The new system replaced the percentage guidelines formula officially used since 1984 and is now using the income shares model—joining 39 other states and the District of Columbia that have made this change.

The percentage guidelines formula is now considered an outdated model for computing child support because it does not reflect actual child rearing costs or allocating those costs between the parents. Illinois will continue to use net income to calculate a party’s respective share of support responsibility and the relevant definition of income will continue to be all income from all sources.

Use the following text link to read the full article or download the pdf.