Since the courts in Illinois are already overburdened with child support cases, some parents will push the envelope by continuing to defy court orders. Typically, this means one parent is not receiving their court-ordered child support and finds themselves stuck, trying to figure out how to get the money that is owed to them.
Back in June we posted about a father who did not want his employee perks to be included as income when calculating how much he owes in child support. This request came after the man asked for a reduction in how much he was already paying in child support. He based his modification request around the fact that his salary was cut in half due to a decrease in enrollment in the college he is the president of.
When 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.
In 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.
When 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.
In general, laws need to be updated to reflect societal changes. This is especially true when it comes to family law where there have been many changes over the years, including mothers not automatically being favored when it comes to child custody agreements. However, for change to be effective, lawmakers need to take the time to gather information and propose changes that not only make sense, but are also in the best interests of everyone involved -- parents and children.