Illinois celebrity watchers might be interested in the latest legal battle for Mel Gibson's former partner, Oksana Grigorieva. The 47-year-old singer and mother of two is being sued by a forensic accounting firm that alleges that it helped her secure a child support increase from Gibson for their daughter, Lucia.
Jodie Sweetin, one of the actors in "Fuller House," does not appear to have the fun family life that television viewers in Illinois have seen depicted on her television show. A judge has ruled that she must pay $2,800 every month to her ex-husband to support their child. Their daughter is currently 7 years old, and the court order requires payments to continue until the girl reaches age 18, becomes emancipated, marries or dies.
The advent of the gig economy has provided new opportunities for many people in Illinois. As more and more people are turning to gig work, new problems have arisen for the collection of child support. Some parents who are ordered to pay child support have turned to gig work to try to evade their child support obligations.
Illinois residents might be surprised to learn that one in 14 workers in America are subject to wage garnishment. This data was gathered by the ADP Research Institute as part of a study released on Sept. 27.
Pop culture buffs in Illinois might have already heard that Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian ended their relationship after their daughter was born in late 2016. The two never married although they were engaged until they called off the relationship. They still chose to make custody arrangements for their infant daughter and they were reported to still be in the process of creating a custody agreement.
In some Illinois divorces, private school education for the children may be at issue. Some parents may want their children to attend private schools when the other parents do not feel that it is necessary. Whether or not a judge will order the non-custodial parent to contribute financially to the child's private school costs will depend on a number of factors.
Child support can be modified at times if there is a material change in the financial circumstances of the parties, especially the parent obligated to pay. A job loss or reduction of income, or a substantial increase in income, additional dependents or other event may trigger a modification of support. Illinois parents who have gone through a divorcee and who have minor children should become familiar with the documentation needed.