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07/02/87 In Re Marriage of Nancy Galen

July 2, 1987

IN RE MARRIAGE OF NANCY GALEN, N/K/A NANCY PADAK,


APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS, SECOND DISTRICT

Petitioner-Appellee, and EDWARD E. GALEN,

Respondent-Appellant

510 N.E.2d 597, 157 Ill. App. 3d 341, 109 Ill. Dec. 729 1987.IL.956

Appeal from the Circuit Court of Kane County; the Hon. Grant Wegner, Judge, presiding.

APPELLATE Judges:

JUSTICE INGLIS delivered the opinion of the court. LINDBERG, P.J., and NASH, J., concur.

DECISION OF THE COURT DELIVERED BY THE HONORABLE JUDGE INGLIS

Respondent, Edward Galen, appeals from the trial court's order awarding petitioner, Nancy Galen, currently known as Nancy Padak, increased child support. Respondent contends that the trial court's finding that petitioner needed increased child support due to a substantial change in circumstances was against the manifest weight of the evidence.

On April 11, 1978, petitioner filed a petition for dissolution of marriage, and the court entered a judgment dissolving the parties' marriage on July 19, 1978. The court awarded custody of the children, then ages three and five, to petitioner. The judgment provided, inter alia, that respondent would pay $50 per week, per child, in support of his two minor children. Relevant to this appeal is petitioner's petition for modification of the dissolution judgment, which sought an increase in child support. Petitioner alleged that respondent was paying $430 per month, which was $66 less than the minimum amount provided in section 505(a) of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1985, ch. 40, par. 505(a)). Additionally, petitioner alleged that respondent earned a net salary of $992.95 every two weeks. Petitioner asserted that these facts constituted a material change in circumstances which justify an increased award of child support.

The record includes a list of the expenses for the two children, who are presently 11 and 13 years old, petitioner's expenses, and respondent's expenses. The parties, who were represented by counsel, entered into a stipulation which also is part of the record on appeal. The stipulation provides in relevant part:

"2. That there has been a material change in circumstances since the entry of the original Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage entered in said cause on the 19th of July, 1978, as it relates to and bears upon the issue of modification of child support, including but not limited to the facts that over 8 years have passed since the current child support was fixed by the Court; that there has been no interim review or modification in over 8 years of said child support; that both children are now enrolled in school and are currently 11 and 13 years of age, whereas 8 years ago they were 3 and 5 years of age and not in school; that both parties have since remarried and that both parties have substantially increased their income since July 19, 1978."

The stipulation further provides that petitioner's annual base salary is $26,703 and respondent's base salary is $35,000 with the possibility of annual bonuses ranging from $300 to $8,500. According to the stipulation, the salaries have substantially increased since the entry of the judgment when petitioner earned $16,000 annually and respondent earned $24,000.

Another portion of the stipulation provides:

"5. That the child support of $50.00 per week, per child, presently set in the original Judgment for Dissolution and which has never to date been ...


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