Today's post will continue on the topic covered in our post earlier this week. We were discussing the model or system used in Illinois when calculating child support payments after parents choose to divorce or separate. Although there is some agreement among lawmakers that Illinois should change to an income shared model as opposed to its current system of "percentage of obligatory net income," lawmakers are still trying to draft legislation to present to the General Assembly.
Almost two years ago, the Illinois Child Support Advisory Committee made recommendations on changing how Illinois calculates child support payments. Currently, 38 other states have already reformed the models used in the 1980s to determine child support, but Illinois is not among them. The state does not appear to be motivated to act quickly on updating its outdated child support system. Many fathers are no doubt very interested in seeing some change on the state level when it comes to child support issues.
Parenting is certainly not always easy. Even in families where both parents are still together, it can often be hard for both mom and dad to come to agreements on how to raise their children. In the cases of divorce, at times, it can even feel downright impossible.
When it comes to figuring out child custody arrangements, it's important to realize that there is not a one size fits all approach. Rather, each situation is truly unique and judges and attorneys need to take into account what would be in the best interest of the child, not necessarily the best interests of the parents.
Many dads want equal parenting time. Yet, they find themselves stuck with just seeing their kids every other weekend, sparingly for a week night dinner -- and in some cases -- for a few weeks in the summer. However, the issue is no longer being brushed under the rug, and instead many states -- including Illinois -- are considering child custody laws that reflect a situation closer to equal parenting time.