In recent months there have been two cases stemming from unpaid child support that have resulted in rather unusual sentencing guidelines. For fathers living in Illinois, the outcomes of these cases only stresses the importance of having a full understanding of how child support works and making sure it is paid on time. If it is believed this is going to be a problem, this concerns need to be raised immediately.
A player for the Panthers claims that he has not fallen behind on any of his child support obligations, regardless of what the mother of his 2-year-old son is trying to claim. Rather, he has reportedly been paying the court-approved modified amount instead of the temporary amount he was previously paying.
Due to the recent recession, many fathers have found themselves in tough financial spots unable to keep up with child support payments. How this happens absolutely makes sense. However, without first obtaining a child support modification, a father can find himself facing significant criminal consequences for falling behind.
For many parents -- whether they are going through a divorce or just splitting up -- determining child support will be part of that process. This means each parent will need to provide proof of their earnings. A judge will then look at not just income, but also the needs of the child.
When parents go through a divorce, experts say the goal is to maintain the children's lifestyle. However, due to a divorce usually meaning each parent having to pay for their own household, many people are unable to keep everything exactly how it was for their children. This is why judges and lawyers will look at what the minimum amount one parent can accept is and what is logistically possible for the other parent to pay.
Child support continues to be a confusing topic for many Illinois parents. How much will a father need to pay? How is the amount determined? Can payments be adjusted later on down the road if there are financial changes?
Family circumstances can change for a number of reasons. A father can end up laid off and out of work, or taking a job where he earns less. Or maybe, he knows he is going to be going through a surgery and will be out of work for several months. In all of these situations, the father may attempt to have his child support payments reduced by asking the courts for a modification to an existing order.