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June 2014 Archives

Eliot Spitzer and the importance of prenuptial agreements

In his recent divorce that received wide publicity in Illinois, Eliot Spitzer ended up paying his former spouse $7.5 million up front and agreed to pay her $240,000 annually in spousal support until she remarries or dies. One thing that can be learned from his experience is that it may be a good idea to enter into a prenuptial agreement prior to getting married.

Mother arrested for support non-payment

An Illinois woman was arrested for non-payment of child support, taken to the DeKalb County Jail and then transferred to the Kane County Jail. Her case is unusual from at least two aspects. First, the vast majority of noncustodial parents who are charged with violating a child support order are women. Second, the man who initiated the proceedings is the son of a man who also initiated non-payment charges against a mother in 1994.

Child support orders for Halle Berry

Illinois residents who are fans of actress Halle Berry may have heard of her recent court negotiations with the father of her six-year-old daughter. Berry has been ordered by a judge to pay her ex-boyfriend, a model, $16,000 per month in child support. This adds up to nearly $200,000 per year.

New push in Illinois toward joint child custody in divorces

Like several other states, Illinois is re-examining its policy on child custody and may be changing the way custody is routinely awarded. Some argue that despite the changing landscape of work and childcare over the past few decades, judges still tend to give primary custody to the mother, and fathers increasingly feel left out. Some parents, lawmakers and others argue that a child does better if both parents share custody equally.

Steps to prepare for child custody mediation

Illinois parents who must enter mediation in order to come to an agreement about child custody arrangements during a divorce should prepare for the process ahead of time. If the mediation is court-ordered, the mediator's recommendations may have a great deal of weight in court, and the outcome of the decision will profoundly affect both children and their parents for years. Even if the mediation is amicable, preparation can help.

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