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Drug abuse and modifications can play roles in custody sagas

12557039_s.jpgPeople should certainly not believe everything they read in the magazines and tabloids. However, it is important to note that when it comes to family law issues for Illinois fathers, there is something that can sometimes be learned from these stories by more reading in between the lines. 

Illinois parents who owe child support lose gambling winnings

10367865_s.jpgThere is a $3.1 billion child support backlog in Illinois. In order to try and collect for those mothers and fathers who are owed money, a new law was passed that will make it legal to take gambling winnings from parents who are behind on child support in the state. 

Child support modifications sometimes possible after divorce

21002583_s.jpgThere are cases where a judge will have to make changes to a prior family law ruling. For example, a modification could end up being necessary for an existing child support order -- due to an increase or decrease in income -- or a child custody arrangement could need to be updated. 

Father wants employee perks out of child support calculation

13750456_s.jpgWhen two parents split up -- whether they were married or not -- the Illinois courts will use statutory guidelines to determine how much the non-custodial parent should be paying in child support. A number of factors, such as the net income of the non-custodial parent, are included in the child support formula in order to determine how much monthly payments should be.

Struggling Illinois dads: Look into child support modification

13044070_s.jpgIn Illinois, the amount a father will pay in child support is based on statutory guidelines. The No. 1 factor in these guidelines is how much the father earns. However, other factors are also considered, such as if the father is already paying child support for another child from another relationship, alimony costs, child care costs and medical costs. All of this information is gathered in order to determine how much a father should be paying in child support each month.

Children and divorce: Pets can help with transition

8131629_s.jpgWhen parents are going through a divorce, they understandably tend to worry about the big picture things, such as how much child support is going to be every month and what the child custody arrangement is going to look like. Of course, these are very important aspects of a divorce, however, parents need to keep in mind that this is an especially trying time for the children too.

Lottery winner pays back $29,000 in child support

14644748_s.jpgWinning the lottery and walking away a multimillionaire would be anyone's dream come true. For those working long and grueling hours just to get by, suddenly having millions of dollars would understandably be utterly life-changing. For those owing money, it would give them the chance to pay those debts back.

What are acceptable punishments for unpaid child support?

Unpaid Child Support.jpgA judge's recent ruling in a child support case where a father is being forced to wear a sign stating he is behind on his child support payments is causing quite the commotion. Some say the punishment serves the father right, while others say it is unfair, humiliating and does not solve the problem.

Illinois parents: Does booting a car for unpaid child support work?

Thumbnail image for 13640432_s (1).jpgThere are plenty of Illinois parents who wind up in jail over not paying their child support. However, this system is sometimes criticized as being incarcerated makes it even harder for a parent to remain employed and be able to pay back what is owed.

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