Illinois laws are much more painful. However, the reason for the requirement that a state must apply the support laws of the state of divorce or first support award is precisely to prevent a parent from forum shopping in the hopes of doing the greatest harm to the other parent, after the fact.
The KY law as to appropriateness, emancipation
and amount all will be applied by an Illinois court if they agree to even hear the support petition.
Under KY law, support is not based on the wealth of an individual, but the earnings.
403.212 Child support guidelines -- Terms to be applied in calculations -- Table.
(1) The following provisions and child support table shall be the child support guidelines established for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
(2) For the purposes of the child support guidelines:
(a) "Income" means actual gross income of the parent if employed to full capacity or potential income if unemployed or underemployed.
The fact that you have chosen to start a new business and are under-employed will mean that the court will be allowed to impute income to you as if you were fully employed, so you are not entirely off the hook. Additionally, while your wealth is not a concern, any interest or investment income coming from your million dollars will be considered income and added to any imputed income from full time employment.
She will not be able to make a case for retroactive support as you were all living as a family unit for the past 18 months or so---and with child support orders---once one is in place, it is valid an enforceable until a court modifies it---so that too would eliminate retroactive support in her case.
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