Easily Determine Your Illinois Child Support Payment

Child Support Payments Easily Determine Your Illinois Child Support Payment

Easily Determine Your Illinois Child Support Payment

If you think it's okay for your ex-partner to avoid child support payments in Illinois, think again. Even if they have told you they can't afford the payments, it's not their decision to make—it's a court order. Furthermore, the state has a standard calculator that Child Support Services use to determine the amount you're owed. One thing to know is that the courts don't just make up an arbitrary amount; many factors figure into that final calculation.

DoNotPay is a great solution for you to get a more accurate estimate. Our highly sophisticated AI ensures that all the information is plugged into the right places so the calculations are accurate.

Child Support Payments Are Not Optional

Failure to make child support payments in Illinois is a crime. Keep reading to learn how Illinois determines child support, and how you can be sure that you are getting everything your kids deserve in support payments.

Penalties for Failure to Pay Support in Illinois

Non-payment of child support can lead to stiff penalties. Keep in mind that failure to pay is not just a crime in Illinois, it's also a federal crime that's punishable by time in prison. 

  1. $1,000 to $5,000 if the payments are more than 2 years in arrears and do not exceed $10,000
  2. $5,000 to $10,000 if the payments are 5 years behind, and between $10,000 and $20,000 owed
  3. $10,000 to $25,000 if the payments are over 8 years behind, and the amount due is over $20,000

What Does Illinois Consider When They Calculate Child Support?

Child Support Services publishes the formula for determining support payments. Keep in mind that when you plug in the numbers and get a result, that is simply an estimate. The final amount could be different from what you get, but it should be close. 

These are just some of the things the state considers.

  • How many children you share
  • Maintenance received or paid—basically, alimony
  • Social Security benefit allotment
  • Child's monthly health insurance
  • Child care expenses
  • Extracurricular activity expenses
  • Number of overnights with the custodial parent (CP)—must be over 183 for a parent to get support

What’s the Math for Calculating Child Support in Illinois?

How much the parents each earn is the primary consideration when the state is calculating support payments. It can get fairly complicated in high-income situations. Here are the numbers they use.

Adjusted Gross IncomeYour and your ex's take-home pay
Total Support ObligationThe Illinois standard is $1,215 for one child per month. Multiply this by the number of children you have together to find that bottom line number. Add extra expenses like child care, insurance premiums, or extracurricular or summer activities
Share of ObligationDivide each parent's adjusted net income by the combined net to get their percentage of the contribution.

How to Get the Child Support You Are Owed

The courts have ways to get your money if your ex refuses to comply. In Illinois, you need to file a Petition for Rule to Show Cause with the clerk of the circuit court. You can ask the court to issue an Order for Support for enforcement.  Even if your ex lives in another state, you can pursue them for money, under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.

The court will issue a Notice of Motion to your ex, telling them when to appear in court.

You can go online to your county website and file the paperwork electronically, or you can go directly to the courthouse to file the forms.

DoNotPay Can File the Paperwork for You

It is stressful to go to court to get your child support, and the paperwork is complicated. The best solution is to sign up with DoNotPay and let us file the forms for you. We are experts at handling child support demands, and we will make sure that the forms are filled out properly and completely. All you have to do is enter the information about yourself, your support agreement, and anything else our chatbot needs, and we take it from there—we'll even take care of the direct deposit into your bank. DoNotPay offers a failsafe way to get your support without the aggravation of reliving an unpleasant experience with your ex.

How to File a Demand Letter for Late Child Support Payments Using DoNotPay:

If you want to file a demand letter for late child support payments but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:

  1. Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.


  2. Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made the number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.


  3. Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.


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