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Unpaid child support lands one father behind bars

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.

Talk with an attorney before falling behind on child support

Illinois parents going through a divorce can expect that statutory guidelines will be used to help determine how much one parent should be paying and how much the other parent should be receiving in child support. These child support guidelines are heavily dependent on how much the non-custodial parent earns. However, other factors such as medical expenses and child care costs are also factored in to the total amount that should be paid.

How child support could affect obtaining a car loan

There are plenty of divorced parents in Illinois who are making or receiving child support payments. And while most understand these payments are intended to go toward cost of living expenses -- like food, shelter and clothing -- many are shocked to learn that either paying or receiving child support can have an effect on how lenders view their financial risk situation.

Change in finances leads to child support modification request

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.

T.O.'s unpaid child support teaches lesson to Illinois fathers

Terrell Owens, the former wide receiver for the Bengals commonly known as "T.O.," was once again in the news for issues related to child support. Over the months this has been an ongoing issue for Owens, as the mother of his child has filed three complaints in the last year related to him supposedly not paying his court-ordered child support.

Fathers are awarded child support too

In the context of talking about child support, many people assume that the mother is the custodial parent, and the father is paying child support on a weekly or monthly basis. However, this is not always true and there are plenty of situations where a father has custody and receives child support from the mother.

Divorce planning apps offered for iPhones and Androids

Let's say you have filed for divorce in Illinois. You know you want to protect your rights as a father and you'd like to have a rough estimate of just what you'll be paying in child support -- and possibly alimony -- if it's applicable in your situation.

Put thought into child support, divorce agreements

In Missouri, how much a parent will pay in child support -- typically the non-custodial parent -- is determined based on guidelines that take into account parents' gross incomes and different necessary costs for the child, like medical and daycare. However, the truth is that when coming up with child support and divorce agreements, it's important to think well into future costs to prevent contentious arguments from coming up later on down the road.

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