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In almost all cases the non-custodial parent will be required to pay child support to the other parent. Illinois uses a system of minimum child support guidelines which are expressed in terms of a percentage of the support paying parent’s net income.

1 child :   20% of net income.

2 children :   28% of net income

3 children :   32% of net income

4 children :   40% of net income

The guidelines are minimum guidelines. A court will often require the non-custodial parent to contribute to the cost of medical and dental expenses not covered by insurance, extracurricular activity expenses and day care expenses. Depending on the facts of the case, a court can require a parent to contribute to the cost of parochial or private school education. In cases where payment of guideline support would result in a windfall to the custodial parent, the court can deviate downward from the guidelines and order support based upon the needs of the children. Child support is not tax-deductible to the parent paying the support.

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