Parents who abduct or kidnap their children in Illinois and other states violate both federal and state laws as well as their custody orders. Depending on the state, judge, and family circumstances, the parent who kidnapped the child may permanently lose his or her custody rights. He or she could also face criminal charges with penalties such as jail time, loss of visitation rights, and steep fines.
Illinois residents who own a business with their spouse may have a difficult time dividing that asset in a divorce. Because many business owners hold the majority of their wealth in their company, it's usually not that simple for one spouse to just buy out the other spouse when they go through a divorce. In many cases, divorcing business owners who do not want to keep working together are forced to sell their business and divide the profits.
Divorced Illinois parents who are finding it difficult to collect court-ordered support may be interested in news coming out of Louisiana regarding an ongoing case in that state. The former NFL player Robert Meachem began serving a jail sentence there for non-payment of child support and alimony on Feb. 13. Although he was sentenced to 30 days behind bars by a Jefferson Parish court, payment of a portion of the nearly $400,000 that is reportedly in arrears could result in an earlier release for him.
Illinois parents who are incarcerated will be able to file for a modification of child support under a rule that Barack Obama signed and which went into effect on Jan. 19. So far, the Trump administration has not indicated that it plans to roll the law back although this may change when more positions within the administration are filled.
Illinois parents who are going through a custody dispute may be interested to learn that on Jan. 26, singer Robin Thicke lost custody of his 6-year-old son. Further, the judge also allowed a restraining order against him, preventing him from seeing or contacting both his son and the child's mother.