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Common Mistakes to Avoid in Illinois Child Support Proceedings

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When it comes to child support proceedings in Illinois, there are numerous complexities involved. As a leading law firm, Brody Brandner, Ltd. has seen firsthand the mistakes individuals often make during these proceedings. We believe educating our clients and the wider community about these pitfalls is essential to help ensure a smoother and more successful child support process. In this blog post, we will highlight some common mistakes to avoid in Illinois child support proceedings, offering insights from our experienced attorneys.

Failing to Disclose Income Accurately

One of the individuals' most significant mistakes during child support proceedings is failing to disclose their income accurately. In Illinois, child support calculations are largely based on both parents' incomes, among other factors. Deliberately hiding or underreporting income can lead to serious consequences, such as court sanctions, retroactive support payments, and loss of credibility in the eyes of the court. Providing transparent and truthful financial information is crucial to ensure a fair and just child support arrangement.

Not Seeking Legal Representation

Many believe they can handle child support proceedings independently without seeking legal representation. However, navigating the intricacies of Illinois child support laws can be overwhelming, and the absence of an experienced attorney can result in costly mistakes. Hiring a skilled family law attorney from Brody Brandner, Ltd. can protect your rights and interests throughout the process. Our attorneys are well-versed in Illinois child support laws and can provide invaluable guidance to achieve the best possible outcome.

Overlooking Extraordinary Expenses

In Illinois, child support calculations consider ordinary expenses like housing, education, and medical costs. However, many overlook extraordinary expenses, such as a child's extracurricular activities, special education needs, or medical treatments not covered by insurance. These additional expenses can significantly impact child support obligations. Identifying and accounting for these extraordinary expenses is essential to ensure a comprehensive and accurate child support arrangement.

Neglecting Changes in Circumstances

Life is dynamic, and circumstances can change unexpectedly. Failing to address significant changes in circumstances can lead to incorrect child support calculations. For instance, if one parent experiences a substantial increase or decrease in income or the child's living arrangements change significantly, it may warrant a modification of the child support order. It is crucial to promptly inform the court of any significant changes to ensure fair and appropriate child support payments.

Opting for Informal Agreements

While informal agreements between parents may seem convenient at first, they often lack the necessary legal enforceability and can lead to disputes in the future. Without an official court order, there is no mechanism to address non-payment or changes in circumstances. Opting for a formal child support order approved by the court ensures legal protection and provides a structured framework for both parties.

Neglecting the Best Interest of the Child

The primary focus of child support proceedings should always be the child's best interest. Some parents may become overly fixated on "winning" the case or seeking revenge on the other parent. This approach can lead to prolonged disputes, negatively affecting the child's well-being. Our attorneys at Brody Brandner, Ltd. emphasize the importance of keeping the child's best interest at heart and strive to find amicable solutions that promote the child's welfare.

Child support proceedings in Illinois can be complex and emotionally charged. Individuals can navigate the process more smoothly and secure fair and appropriate child support arrangements by avoiding these common mistakes and seeking professional legal representation from Brody Brandner, Ltd. Remember that every case is unique, and it is essential to consult with an experienced family law attorney to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your child.

Contact Brody Brandner, Ltd. today to schedule a consultation and ensure your child support proceedings are handled with expertise and care! 

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