Many Illinois parents are all-too-familiar with how difficult it is to make ends meet. Those challenges can become even more pronounced in cases where only one parent remains within the home. If the noncustodial parent fails to meet his or her child support obligations, no amount of budget stretching can make ends meet each and every month. In such cases, turning to the government for short-term financial assistance is sometimes the only available option.
Many Illinois readers are aware of the marital troubles between former "Today" show host Matt Lauer and his wife of 20 years, Annette Roque. Lauer was fired last fall after allegations surfaced regarding inappropriate sexual conduct in the workplace. It appears that those accusations also placed additional stress on a marriage that already seemed troubled. Annette Roque filed shortly thereafter, and the couple now seems on track for a high asset divorce.
Many people have marriages in which they have lived happily for many years. While your relationship may have started out happily enough, you may have reached the realization that you and your spouse no longer have much in common. Whether the relationship simply no longer satisfied you both or conflict at every turn had you living in an unhealthy environment, you decided that divorce was the best option.
Many Illinois residents are familiar with the career of Robert Meachem, a former NFL player. Meachem made headlines off the field when he was arrested and jailed for unpaid alimony and child support. That experience led to the discovery that Meachem was cheated out of nearly $1.7 million by a woman he paid to handle his finances.
Divorce can be expensive in many ways. For the parent who pays child support in Illinois, it can be especially so, but there are pluses to ensuring children are taken care of not only emotionally, but financially as well. That may mean that a noncustodial parent might be shelling out hundreds of dollars every month for his or her child or children, but instead of looking at it as something the custodial parent is doing to get back at his or her former spouse, it should be thought of as being in the best interests the children.