Usually, a parent who has primary custody of a child is entitled to receive child support payments from his or her child’s other parent. While there are standard guidelines in Illinois for how much a parent should be responsible for paying, there are instances in which judges may decide that an amount other than the standard is appropriate. Additionally, parents can also be responsible for costs other than child support. 

The standards set out by the state pertain to the number of children involved. For instance, a parent with only one child is usually required to pay 20 percent of his or her net income. That percentage increases as the number of children increases, such as 32 percent for three kids. Should one or the other parent have an exceptionally high or low income, a judge may exercise his or her personal discretion to determine a different amount for monthly child support. 

In addition to paying child support to a custodial parent, non-custodial parents often provide health insurance for children. If certain co-pays or other medical expenses are not covered by that insurance, the non-custodial parent may be responsible for those too. Day care and other child care bills may also require a contribution from the non-custodial parent. 

When one parent has primary custody of a child, he or she typically has to carry the burden of the vast majority of child-related expenses, including housing, school supplies and basic living needs. Child support and additional requirements that an Illinois court determines are appropriate can be a critical part of creating a stable financial environment for a child. However, if either parent feels as though the amount ordered is not appropriate, it is possible to petition the Illinois court for a modification to the child support order.

Source:, “Child Support Issues”, The Court, Accessed on May 2, 2015