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NOTE: As of July 2017, the law governing child support in Illinois has changed. Please see our Child Support page for more information.

Illinois Statutory Guidelines set a minimum percentage of a parent’s net income that must go towards child support, but judges are free to exceed this minimum. Net income is the amount of earnings that remain after basic deductions have been factored in, including federal and state income tax; Social Security or mandatory retirement contributions; health insurance premiums and necessary medical expenses; union dues; preexisting child support or alimony obligations; repayment of debts necessary for producing of income; and expenses that benefit the child and the other parent. The minimum percentage of the remaining net income that must be paid to support children ranges from 20 percent for one child, to 50 percent for six or more children.

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