In re Marriage of Mayfield

Illinois Supreme Court
Civil Court
Citation
Case Number: 
2013 IL 114655
Decision Date: 
May 23, 2013
District: 
4th Dist.
Division/County: 
Woodford Co.
Justice: 
THEIS
Holding: 
Appellate court affirmed.
Ex-husband received lump-sum settlement for workers compensation claim. Court must justify any departure from child support guidelines when allocating a lump sum. A one-time payment such as lump-sum settlement is income, but its nonrecurring nature may factor into court's decision on allocation. Ex-husband presented insufficient evidence to warrant deviation under Section 505(a)(2), and never speicifically asked court to depart from guidelines. Court properly set child support at 20% of lump-sum settlement, in absence of any evidence to support a different amount. (KILBRIDE, FREEMAN, THOMAS, GARMAN, KARMEIER, and BURKE, concurring.)