Illinois residents might have heard about the divorce of former "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd. Since her divorce in 2014, Shepherd has been involved in legal disputes over the parentage of a child that was born through surrogacy. The ex is now raising the child, and Shepherd is paying $6,400 per month in child support.
Divorced Illinois parents who have to pay child support should be aware that if their exes missed a payment, that doesn't excuse them for being responsible for it. The obligation to make delinquent child support payments will continue.
Illinois residents who follow celebrity news may be interested in learning that crooner Robin Thicke and his ex-wife Paula Patton were back in court over a custody dispute on Jan. 12. The return to court was prompted by a report filed by their 6-year-old son's school after he claimed that his father had hit him.
Establishing paternity and visitation rights can be slightly more challenging for unmarried fathers. Illinois law provides all biological parents with the right to access their children in most circumstances regardless of marital status at the time of conception or birth. While paternity is automatically assumed if a child is born while a couple is married, an unmarried father may have to take some extra legal steps before he is allowed legal access to his child.
Divorce negotiations can be challenging when potentially volatile issues like alimony and property division are discussed. However, divorcing parents in Illinois and around the country are usually able to suck it up and discuss child custody and visitation arrangements in a more productive way. This is because most parents want their children to be happy, and shielding them from the emotional trauma common in divorce cases is often paramount.
Child custody is among the most contentious issues that parents in Illinois or elsewhere may face. Even those who are able to resolve financial or other issues on their own may need help when it comes to child custody matters. Many times, parents will create a specific schedule that outlines where, when and how a child is to be transferred from one parent to the other.
Illinois has mandatory reporting requirements when it comes to domestic violence. Essentially, health care providers are required to report potential domestic abuse cases to local law enforcement. If someone who is required to file a report does not do it within a specific time period, he or she could be charged with a misdemeanor.
Illinois residents may be interested to hear that Sarah Palin's 27-year-old son Track may be back in court soon. The former vice presidential candidate's son has a newborn child with his ex-girlfriend, and the mother has filed for custody of the child in a court in Alaska. Palin has previously been involved in another child custody dispute, this one with his former wife over their daughter.
Child support can be arranged either through a court order or an agreement made by a couple during a divorce. However, just because parents owed support it does not mean that they will always receive it. When an individual fails to meet the obligations, it may be up to the custodial parent to determine the location of the non-paying parent.