When the parents of a child no longer live together, the non-custodial parent will be required to pay a portion of their income to the custodial parent for support of that child. Illinois now uses an “Income Share” approach to setting the amount of child support, which considers the income of both parents when determining the amount of child support that will be paid. However, the amount of income is often disputed, especially where the parent paying support is self-employed, works overtime, earns commissions or is seasonably employed.
Roland P. Ernst of the Law Office of Carr, O’Rourke & Ernst will work closely with you to calculate the correct amount of child support you should be receiving or contributing. Additionally, he will help address issues such as the cost of childcare, extracurricular activities and uncovered medical expenses.
Spousal Support (Maintenance)
A spouse who has been financially dependent on the other spouse may be entitled to spousal support, which is referred to as maintenance. There are many factors which must be considered in determining whether maintenance should be awarded, and if so, for what period of time, including but not limited to:
• The length of the marriage
• The standard of living established during the marriage
• The present and future earning capacity of each party
• The age and health of each spouse
Roland P. Ernst will listen carefully to the financial details of your case and if maintenance is applicable, will fight to ensure that it is in an appropriate amount for an appropriate amount of time.
When there is a substantial change in circumstances, the Court may approve a modification of support. Roland P. Ernst can assist you in requesting that the Court modify a support award. Additionally, in those situations where the support obligation is not paid, he can assist you in enforcement of the Court Order for support.
Contact Roland P. Ernst at to request an initial consultation regarding your child support or maintenance issues. Call 708-949-8231.
Law Office of Carr, O'Rourke & Ernst, Ltd
10750 W 143rd Street, Suite 57, Orland Park, IL 60462
708-949-8231 Hours: Mon-Fri 9-5
Serving towns of Orland Park, New Lenox, Mokena, Frankfort, Tinley Park, Homer Glen, Lockport, Lemont, Palos Hills, Palos Park, Evergreen Park, Oak Lawn, Hickory Hills, Burbank, Bridgeview, Worth, Alsip, Midlothian, Oak Forest, Joliet and Chicago, IL.
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