Child support is a payment from one parent to another for the support of a minor child. These payments are meant for the benefit of the couple's child or children. Child support includes money for every day expenses, medical expenses, educational expenses and extracurricular expenses. These are not payments for support of the other parent.
Women's roles have been changing over the last few decades. More and more women in Illinois and throughout the United States are working outside of their homes. More women are entering professions and earning more than their male counterparts. For example, in the early 1980s, only one-third of medical degrees were earned by women. Today, men and woman earn medical degrees at an equal rate. Furthermore, the number of law degrees earned by women has doubled.
Family law matters are deeply personal to Illinois residents. Divorces, child custody, child support and alimony disputes involve emotional and private information. Couples are trying to divide assets and finances. They are emotionally dealing with the breakup of their relationship and determining what is best for themselves and for their children going forward.
The end of a relationship between any couple can be highly emotional. When it is the end of a marriage, in Illinois or anywhere else, emotions can run rampant. In extreme cases, emotions can even take control during a divorce and lead people to do things they normally would not do.
A U.S congressman from Illinois who has been divorced from his ex-wife for ten years recently settled a child support claim that he said made him, "go to bed wanting to scream."