Most Illinoisans likely have dreamed of winning the lottery. Cash may have been tight with the bills piling up. Or they may have wanted the freedom to find a different job, but could not risk leaving their current one. For one lucky man, that dream came true and with it came the end of a major family law issue: back child support.
Football star Ray Lewis has six children by four different women. One of the mothers has recently accused the sports celebrity of having failed to fully disclose his financial information when they first agreed on a support arrangement for their son eleven years ago. She has asked for permission to inspect Lewis' records and to renegotiate the child support order that currently requires the athlete to pay her $3,500 a month.
November is officially Child Support Awareness Month in Cook County. The county indicated that of all the child support cases that exist within Illinois, 60 percent take place in Cook County.
A judge has held boxing legend Evander Holyfield in contempt for failing to pay $560,000 in child support. To avoid further criminal charges he will have to make monthly payments of $3,950. He has already made an initial payment of $17,700, and the family law court will require at least a portion of future payments to be garnished out of his income.
Readers in Illinois who have been divorced, or know someone who has ended their marriage, understand that sometimes even couples who begin their separation as a friendly split can become bitterly divided when it comes to issues involving their children. These aspects of family law that must be resolved when a marriage ends can bring out the most contentious parts of a person's character.
As McHenry County readers may know, raising children can be very expensive. From diapers to college, children cost a lot of money. Under Illinois family law, both parents have an obligation to financially support their children. When parents divorce, the court will award child support payments to ensure that children continue to receive the support they are entitled to under the law.
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.
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.
As many Illinois residents know, nontraditional family structures are common these days. With varying family configurations, child custody or visitation issues are more and more relevant. However, did you know that an increasing number of firstborns in the United States have unmarried parents? These numbers have changed significantly over the past decade.
Many Illinois residents know that divorce is extremely stressful. Furthermore, when the process ultimately splits a family apart, the issue of child custody and child visitation can come become important to parents.