Parents must consider not only how divorce affects them, but also how it affects their children — both emotionally and financially. The Law Office of Elfreda Dockery is experienced in all family law matters. I help you obtain a fair and reasonable child support arrangement that allows you to raise your child in a safe and healthy environment. Drawing on numerous years of experience, I help parents:
In some cases, litigation is necessary for your child to receive fair financial support from both parents. I methodically prepare for litigation to achieve the most equitable support arrangement for your child.
Illinois law establishes general child support guidelines. I help you understand the basis of these guidelines and how they apply to you. I am committed to achieving the best possible financial solutions within the guidelines. That begins with using the discovery process to compel a full, truthful financial disclosure, so the court can calculate basic child support with accurate data. Sometimes, parents must deal with issues beyond basic child support, such as payments for private school tuition, sports and enrichment activities. I can help you obtain support payments that best accommodate your financial circumstances and most appropriately provide for your child’s needs.
If your spouse has fallen behind on child support payments, you may need assistance to collect the money that rightfully belongs to your child. I guide you through the process of enforcing your child support order.
For parents paying child support, sometimes financial problems or the changing needs of your children may alter your circumstances. Still, you must continue to pay child support at the current level until the court modifies your order. I can help you petition for a modification to avoid undue hardship.