In most jurisdictions, any issues relating to minor children are always modifiable under certain conditions. In Illinois, the standard is “a substantial change in circumstances”. This generally means that if the paying parent’s income increases or decreases more than 10-15%, or if there is a “substantial change in circumstances” affecting the children who are being supported (such as unexpected costs related to illness, mental health, or even substantially increased needs of children as they are growing up), the support payments may be modified. The best way to accomplish this is by agreement, such as through mediation or Collaborative practice, rather than going through the long, arduous, and expensive court process. Any changes to support must be in writing and entered in court, whether by agreement or by court order.
Sandra M Rosenbloom concentrates on Mediation and Collaborative Family Law at her Northfield, IL office.