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Child Support Archives

Child support mix-up mars candidate's record

Illinois parents would probably agree that making sure the needs of their children are met is a top priority. While child support payments may seem like a simple thing, there is room for error. A simple mix-up can have lasting consequences for a parent, as one father recently learned the hard way. 

New law could force child support collection for needy parents

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.

Child support: Paying it should make a parent feel good

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.

What if the noncustodial parent doesn't pay child support?

Taking care of the children is the responsibility of both parents. In many cases where the parents are not together, one Illinois parent has physical custody of the children and the noncustodial parent is responsible for taking care of the children in part by payment of child support. The majority of the time, this arrangement works; however, there are instances where the parent responsible for child support payments fails to comply.

Establishing paternity important in child support cases

Moms and dads often look forward to the birth of their child. After months of planning and dreaming, the little bundle of joy arrives and the lives of two Illinois residents are forever changed. At least this is what happens in many cases. However, in other instances, the question of paternity may arise and the need to establish child support may be a concern.

Child support is the responsibility of both parents

Years ago, the norm was that children were raised in a home with both parents present. However, in today's society, it is common place for children to be raised in a home with only one parent. This scenario is often the product of divorce or unmarried parents having a child. Regardless, children do need the support of both parents; therefore, child support is usually issued by the Illinois court.

Proposed child support law change could affect payments for some

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.

New child support law may effect Illinois families

Illinois couples who are contemplating divorce must take many factors into consideration. Cases with children involved are often more complex than those without due to elements such as determining custody and child support. However, a recent change in child support law intends to make the calculation of payments easier and more fair to the non-custodial parent.

Illinois couples divorcing may need to consider child support

When a divorce is imminent for an Illinois couple, they may be unsure of how to proceed. In many cases, the best option is for each spouse to consult separate experienced divorce attorneys. This is particularly true for more complicated divorces where couples have children and the parents must consider their child support options. 

What is the history of child support?

Many people in Illinois deal with the child support system. You may receive or pay child support due to a divorce or other situation where both parents are not in the home. There are many different situations today where child support is ordered, but today’s situations are much different than how things were when the system was put into place in the mid-1970s.