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How to break the news of a divorce to children

12940561_S.jpgIt goes without saying that divorce can be emotionally traumatic for the individuals involved. But when people with children decide to divorce, it affects more than just them; especially when there are children involved. After all, they are still parents even though they are no longer husband and wife.

Child support cases involving domestic violence

20612432_S.jpgWhen Illinois parents are the victim of domestic violence and are ending their marriage as a result, it can cause them to be reluctant to seek child support as they may fear retaliation. Even if the abuser does agree to make child support payments, it could be another way to exert control with a view towards reneging on the promise in the future.

Family court can't issue orders for bankruptcy court to follow

60225517_S.jpgWhen Illinois couples divorce, they should be aware that the family court's orders regarding property division may not always stand up in other courts. A case that was decided by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court demonstrates the limits of a family court's jurisdiction.

Child support and remarriage

2654957_S.jpgMany individuals choose to marry again after they have divorced. Illinois parents who have decided to get remarried to a new spouse and are currently receiving or paying child support should be aware of how the new marriage may impact child support payments.

Child custody battle for Scarlett Johansson

22988109_S.jpgIllinois fans of actress Scarlett Johansson may be aware that she has been negotiating with her husband, Romain Dauriac, as the two prepare to divorce. On March 7, Johansson left the negotiating table to file divorce papers. Although Dauriac has asked her to return to negotiations, observers say she is unlikely to do so. Furthermore, she most likely filed the papers to establish New York as their 2-year-old daughter's residence rather than Dauriac's home country of France.

Using the Child Support Recovery Act

35010665_S.jpgIllinois parents who are owed child support have the ability to seek to collect it. In many cases, custodial parents may need to go to court in order to potentially recover the back child support that they are owed under the federal Child Support Recovery Act. However, there are certain things that they must do before they go before a judge.

Willfully failing to pay child support is illegal

11137381_S.jpgAfter child support orders have been issued during Illinois divorce proceedings, some parents fail to comply with them. While some may become delinquent because of financial problems, others willfully attempt to avoid paying their court-ordered child support. It is illegal under federal law for parents to intentionally avoid making their child support payments.

Making divorce easier for children

11675918_S.jpgIf a couple with children in Illinois decides to end their marriage, it's important that people focus on trying to make the process as easy as possible for their kids. While divorce will almost always have some sort of negative effect on kids, the degree to which children have trouble dealing will often depend on how parents act during and after the divorce.

Unpaid child support in Illinois

46638040_S.jpgChild support exists to provide financial assistance to parents raising a child or children on their own. With child support, it should be easier for single parents to provide clothing, food and shelter for children. As a result, when a couple splits up and one person is no longer living with their children, this parent is normally obligated to pay child support.

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