One of the most difficult parts of your pending divorce may be seeing the effect it is having on your children. Despite the growing divide between you and your spouse, you both share something in common, something critical, the children you have had together. At Essig Law Office in Illinois, we have helped many families through the painful and challenging course of a divorce.
The loss of a job, changes in family situations, purposeful action or any other number of reasons may contribute to people falling behind on their child support. Regardless of the reasons why, Illinois parents face serious consequences for child support nonpayment, including the possibility of jail time. Understanding the state’s enforcement options may help you to protect yourself if you have been ordered to pay child support.
Like most custodial parents in Illinois, you rely on child support to help you make ends meet. However, finances can be challenging, even when you receive a regular payment from your ex. You may wonder if there is anything that you can do to get your child support increased.
There is a gross misconception amongst the general public and newly divorced individuals that child support should only cover the necessities such as food, clothing and shelter. However, the courts award child support to ensure that children of divorce enjoy the same standard of living post-divorce as they enjoy before becoming "children of divorce." If you and your spouse have recently parted ways, and if you want to know what child support does and does not cover, know that Illinois courts do not provide a cheat sheet or any other materials to guide you. FindLaw, however, does.
18 seems to represent a magical age in that once one reaches it in Washington, they are officially independent and no longer reliant on the support of others. In reality, however, that is not often the case. Even when your child turns 18, there circumstances may require that they still look to you for support. If the support you have been giving them has been supplemented by child support from an ex-spouse, then you may legitimately be wondering if and how you will be able to provide it once they reach the age of majority.
Despite the fact that you and your ex arranged a child custody agreement that clearly disclosed the amount of money your ex owes you each month, you are concerned about his or her ability and willingness to make payments in a timely and consistent manner. At Essig Law Office, we have helped many parents in Illinois to figure out the next step when they are dealing with the frustration of a delinquent ex.
As you continue to work through your divorce in Illinois, you are beginning to realize that the way you spend your money needs to change in order to account for the changes in your living situation. One of the expenses that you will need to begin to budget for is child support payments. At Essig Law Office, we are familiar with the challenges that divorced parents face in terms of child care and support.
You have just been issued a recommendation for child support that you will be paying continuously to your ex-spouse in order to help provide for the cost of living of your children in Illinois. While you had planned on paying some money, the outcome was not what you had hoped for and you are being asked to pay more than you anticipated. At Essig Law Office, we have helped many divorcing couples to reach an amicable agreement in regards to the custody and care of their children.
Child support can generate a number of concerns, from a parent’s inability to pay what they owe to legal hurdles related to the establishment of a child support order. It can be hard for parents to work through these challenges, but both parties should strive to avoid unnecessary complications and an outcome that is in their child’s best interests. Unfortunately, there are a number of reasons why child support can lead to a domestic disturbance, in which case it is vital for those involved in a dispute to carefully handle the situation.
For divorcing couples in Illinois who have had children together, the idea of continuing to raise their children without a martial relationship can be exceptionally stressful and difficult to balance. Often, parents may be required to make child support payments to contribute to the financial necessity of raising their children and all of the costs associated with each child's schooling and extra-curricular activities.