Madilyn Keating Ellsworth’s Answer
For only a few more months, Illinois’ current child support system will remain relatively straightforward. Child support is based solely on a guideline percentage based upon the number of children and the net income of the party paying support. For example, if a couple has one (1) child, the payor will pay 20% of his or her net income as child support. If the couple has two (2) children, the payor will pay 28% of his or her net income as child support, and so on. The supporting party’s “net income” is interpreted broadly and generally includes all income from all sources, minus certain deductions. Under this approach, the same guideline support is awarded regardless of parenting time, the parties’ respective incomes, and other factors.