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Understanding Child Custody and Child Support Determination
The judge must calculate the child’s basic living expenses and the cost of living in the area. Next, the judge uses these factors to determine the total amount of child support the child should receive from both parents combined each month. Then, the judge divides this amount in half to arrive at each spouse’s respective support obligation.
The judge will use the custody terms settled in the case to inform their support determination. For example, if a noncustodial parent has little to no physical custody of their child, they are likely to owe more in support than a parent who shares a joint parenting plan with their co-parent in equal measure.
It’s important to remember that any child custody determination in Illinois involves three main components:
- Physical custody, which establishes a child’s primary residence and a schedule of where they spend their time. One parent could have complete physical custody with the noncustodial parent only having limited visitation, or parents can share physical custody on a schedule that poses minimal disruption to the child.
- Legal custody, which establishes parents’ rights to make major decisions for their children. As long as both parents are deemed fit by the judge, they are likely to share legal custody, requiring them to consult one another regarding specific major decisions for their children.
- Financial support. When one parent assumes a greater share of physical custody than the other, the court inherently presumes this to account for their share of the child’s total support obligation. The noncustodial parent or parent with less physical custody then pays child support per the court’s directions.
Both parents must submit complete and accurate financial records to assign custody rights, and both have the right to offer testimony, call witnesses, and submit character references to support their claims for custody. Ultimately, the judge overseeing a custody and support determination has the final say on the exact terms of the order and each parent’s respective custody rights and support obligations.
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