There are many different types of parents in Illinois and many different parenting styles. While there is a great deal of variety in how a person chooses to parent, there is little choice when it comes to meeting a parent's financial responsibility to his or her children. In fact, failing to pay court-ordered child support payments can have serious consequences.
Most people in Illinois would agree that raising children is expensive. For many, doing so on a single salary is often difficult, if not impossible. As such, discussions surrounding child support following the end of a romantic relationship or in paternity cases can often become contested.
It is not easy being a parent in Illinois, especially when the responsibility of raising a child falls onto the shoulders of one person. Unfortunately, a woman in another state claims that she raised her young daughter with no help from her ex-husband. Though decades have passed, she recently sought the child support payments she says he failed to pay when their daughter was a child.
When a couple in Illinois chooses to end their marriage, they likely want nothing more than to go their separate ways and begin their news lives. However, those with children will have to continue to work together to ensure that the needs of their children are met. Unfortunately, a politician in another state is now accused by his ex-wife of failing to pay child support.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.