When couples decide to get divorced, they must contemplate multiple factors that may not only affect their lives, but their children's lives as well. Determining who will pay child support and how much should be paid is often a decision parents will face. One Illinois man is attempting to change some of the laws regarding child support where injured or disabled parents are concerned.
Recently, Illinois made a change in its formula to calculate child support payments by taking both custodial and noncustodial parents' incomes into consideration. This was an attempt to make such payments fairer for both parents. However, the man working to change the law believes that there are other factors that can affect a parent's ability to pay.
The man pushing for changes has named the bill the Clean Due Process proposal. Currently, if a parent who pays child support were to become injured at work, suffer an accident or otherwise become disabled, payments continue to accrue while the parent is recovering. The proposed new law seeks to give parents in these situations a break over the course of their recovery.
Reports indicate that the man is working with state senators to try to get the bill passed into law. Should it be approved, injured and disabled parents could see a change in their child support payments. Until then, however, anyone who has questions regarding child support could consult an experienced Illinois divorce attorney to obtain more information. Additionally, an attorney could assist in any potential related legal proceedings.
Source: wandtv.com, "Cleaning up Child Support laws", Sept. 12, 2017