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Alternative child support model for the United States, Part 2


Our immediately preceding blog post noted a media report positing some fundamental shortcomings in the child support paradigm that has been long operative in the United States. As described in our April 21 entry, that opinion piece pointed most centrally to the adverse consequences stemming from the inability of many noncustodial fathers to remain consistently timely with the child support payments that are desperately needed by custodial mothers.

Many American states routinely punish nonperforming fathers by garnishing their pay, revoking various licenses, taking passports and, in some instances, incarcerating them.

A new paradigm to address child support problems in the U.S.

19194303_S.jpgWho suffers when a noncustodial parent -- most often a father -- is incarcerated by a state for failure to meet his child support obligations?

Arguably, everyone involved by such a decision is adversely impacted. The father obviously forgoes any opportunity to earn money to provide for his children while locked behind bars. Moreover, the criminal record that attaches to nonpayment of his support duties stigmatizes him in the eyes of many potential employers who might view his job resume in the future.

Post-divorce tax implications for some parties, Part 2

7467214_S.jpgWhat you don't know really can hurt you.

We broached the topic of so-called "financial infidelity" in our immediately preceding blog post, noting therein that its commission by one spouse during marriage can have a detrimental effect on an innocent partner following divorce (please see our April 15 entry).

Could taxes come back to bite you following divorce?

10939567_S.jpgHere's a plot theme or movie twist that some people might find intriguing, if not downright scary.

You divorced. You made a strong and long-term effort to render your marriage viable and really make things work, but, well, they just didn't. Now you're on the other side and beginning to make multiple life-affirming changes that regularly serve to underscore the wisdom of marital dissolution in your case.

Are there Illinois residency requirements for military divorce?

5078626_S.jpgJurisdiction is a legal term used to describe the legal authority of a court to make decisions and judgments. Marriage and divorce are state legal processes, which means that state laws regulate the who, what, where, when, why and how. A court must have jurisdiction to issue a valid divorce under these laws.

A court's jurisdiction authority to grant a divorce in Illinois is determined by residency. Under Illinois law, at least one spouse must have lived in the state for at least 90 days prior to filing for divorce. Civilians, in general, do not have much of an issue when establishing residency, but do military families?

International child abduction, Part 2: thorny family law problem

678197_S.jpgWe broached the subject of global parental child abduction in our immediately preceding blog post, noting therein that the subject matter can become exceedingly complex in a hurry in a given case (please see our April 5 entry).

One such case that was recently reported notes a mother's departure last year from Utah to China -- her native country -- with her young son, who is a U.S. citizen. The boy's father, an American, expected the woman and his son to return after what he believed was a vacation.

An often complex legal problem: global parental child abduction


Child-related issues are often at the center of divorce negotiations, with parents in Illinois, Missouri and elsewhere across the country sometimes expending considerable time and effort negotiating the details of a parenting plan that addresses custody and visitation matters.

A well-considered and carefully executed plan often works seamlessly for all involved parties, with, especially, the best interests of affected children being optimally promoted.

Topic: evolving social apps, and their effect on some couples

31627422_S.jpgWhat exactly constitutes cheating in marriage? Is it only the physical act of adultery, or does unacceptable straying on a partner also encompass other activities that are sought to be hidden?

Such as renewed contacts with an ex-flame marked by meetings at restaurants or coffee shops -- just to chat.

Finding funding for Missouri's domestic violence shelters

35157407_S.jpgThankfully, there are a lot of shelters in Missouri that provide critically needed support in myriad forms to individuals -- both women and men -- and other family members who are victimized by domestic violence. Services range from the provision of food, shelter and crisis intervention to counseling/therapy and legal assistance.

Unfortunately, and obviously, the availability of such a vital support system is sorely compromised when funding for the shelters dries up. When that occurs, family violence can run unchecked.

Focus on child care in the military: high quality noted, praised

2649969_S.jpgA recent media profile of one military-related subject notes that, while the military can be quite conservative and even reactionary regarding some matters (for example, gender discrimination and anti-gay policies), "on some issues [it] has been a socially progressive institution."

It is eminently notable, for one thing, that the military underwent racial integration prior to that occurring in the civilian world following the dictates of the seminal legal case of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.

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