The Illinois legislature has modified the child support calculation statute and the new provisions became effective on January 1, 2013. One of the modifications clarifies thatIllinois courtsmay consider the physical, mental, emotional, and educational needs of the child when awarding child support.This change in Illinois child support law is particulary important if you have a special needs child. Common special needs conditions include the autism spectrum,ADHD, and ADD. Any parent seeking child support who hasa special needs child should consult with a sensitive family law attorney who is familiar with special needs custody and support issues. Children with special needs often need extra or different education plans, medication, or modified extra-curricular activities. A child support award that is adequate for a typical child may not be sufficient for a special needs child. Parents may be required to pay child support even after the child reaches the typical emancipation age of eighteen if the child is mentally or physically disabled.

A parent seeking to establish or modify Illinois child support that takes into consideration a child€™s special needs must present certain evidence to prove his or her case. If you have questions about Illinois child support for your special needs child, call Chicago divorce attorneys The Witt Law Firm, P.C. at (312) 948-9884 or email The above blog post does not constitute legal advice. Please discuss your specific rights with an attorney in your jurisdiction.