In general, divorce can be complex. When the separation involves a family with minor children, even more is involved than just property division. In most cases, one parent resides with the child while the other parent is expected to pay child support. Child support is a financial contribution to the everyday and extracurricular costs of raising a child. In most states, the noncustodial parent will be expected to pay support until the child is no longer considered a minor. Certain circumstances, however, may warrant a longer period of support, such as if a child has a serious physical or cognitive impairment.
In Illinois, a formula is used to determine the amount of child support that should be awarded. This formula primarily factors in the income of the parent who will pay the support and the number of children. Support continues in Illinois until the child turns 18, gets married, joins the military or otherwise does not require the support.