If a child is born to unwed parents, the Illinois Parentage Act directs the court to determine allocation of parental authority and child support in the same manner as married parents. As to the former, the court will make that determination based on the best interest of a child. As to the latter, currently, child support is based upon the net income of the party who does not have the majority of parenting time. The court can deviate from the statutory guidelines for child support.
Further, how child support is calculated is changing effective July 1st of 2017. It is uncertain at this time how courts will apply the new statute in regards to evaluating what the appropriate level of child support will be at that time.
Michelle R. Mosby-Scott is a lead family law attorney at Allison & Mosby-Scott in Bloomington Illinois. She focuses solely on family law, regularly representing clients in divorce, child custody and support, pension division and removal, and alimony. www.allisonmosby-scott.com