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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.

Part 2: Is Illinois due for child support reform?

17644988_s.jpgToday'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.

Part 1: Is Illinois due for child support reform?

7715818_s.jpgAlmost 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.

Two unusual child support sentences recently handed down

15772652_s.jpgIn 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.

Father deported back to U.S. for failing to pay child support

We tend to talk about child support from a state level. However, it should be noted that when it comes to unpaid child support it can also become a federal issue. In cases where a parent is believed to be hiding out in another country, it can also lead to deportation. A conviction of failure to pay child support can also lead to things like wage garnishment, fines and even jail time.

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