You will more than likely pay child support if your relationship with the mother of your child does not last (whether you are married or unmarried). To be fair, more mothers are paying child support to fathers these days, but the majority of those who pay are still fathers. Most Illinois fathers who make these payments only know that they have to do it. This issue is one of the most hotly contested in family law even though most parents would agree that financially supporting their children is a necessity and requirement of being a parent.
Often, child support cannot be accurately calculated without a decision regarding custody being made. It may be calculated one way if a custodial parent is designated and calculated another way in circumstances where joint custody is awarded. Once a decision regarding custody is made, child support can be ordered.
One of the first questions many fathers have is how long they will be required to pay child support. Unless a special needs child is involved, it should terminate when the child reaches the age of majority, enters the military or is emancipated through court proceedings. Child support may also end if one's parental rights are terminated.
Regardless of how much child support a parent is ordered to pay by an Illinois court, if it remains unpaid, the parent could face significant consequences -- ranging from garnishment to jail time. If someone is unable to make the required payments due to some unforeseen circumstances, it would be better to address the issue head-on rather than waiting until it becomes an issue. If this is a concern, contacting a family law attorney could be a good first step.
Source: thespruce.com, "What Dad's Need to Know About Child Support", Wayne Parker, Accessed on Aug. 15, 2017