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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 The state does not appear to be motivated to act quickly on updating its outdated child support system.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.

Parents disagree on child support amount

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.

Comedian falls behind on child support, ordered to pay $10,000

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.

Child support frustrations for Illinois father

One Illinois father and his wife are finally starting to see the light at the end of the child support tunnel. But this is only after years of frustration and complications where the man was paying his ex-girlfriend child support for his twin daughters, yet the state was messing up what he owed and how much he should be paying.

Mayor reaches temporary child support agreement

During a divorce it can be quite difficult to come to an agreement, especially when there are children involved. Parents need to reach an agreement on not only what is best for the child in terms of physical custody, but also what an appropriate amount of child support paid by the noncustodial parent should be each month.

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