IL changes child support system


Illinois’ child support is getting a revamp.

Effective July 1, child support calculations will be utilize the “income shares model.” The model takes into consideration the average cost to raise a child in a certain area for parents in similar situations.  The model also takes into consideration both incomes of the parents to determine the correct amount the obligor must pay.

The model was developed by the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement and takes the cost of food, housing, clothing and other essentials into consideration.

The use of the “income shares model” was passed in 2016 with bipartisan support. The state will join 40 others that utilize the model.

The model previously used to determine child support previously only used the income of the obligor and the number of children.


Photo Gallery