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Differences between mothers and fathers who pay child support

Single parents in Illinois may be surprised to learn that non-custodial mothers are less likely to meet legally mandated child support obligations than non-custodial fathers are. This information comes from one writer's analysis of data that was gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Illinois families at higher risk of divorce when wife becomes ill

A joint study from Purdue and Iowa State Universities suggests marriages may be subject to greater strain and a higher likelihood of divorce when the wife confronts severe or chronic illness. According to the study, the health or lack thereof of the husband has no bearing on the overall divorce risk. The findings have implications for families in Illinois and across the nation regarding how spousal health and the attendant strains may impact marriage.

The value of an artist's creative works in a divorce

Illinois artists who are divorcing will need to inventory and assess the value of their artwork along with other assets. Work created by an artist during marriage is considered to be joint marital property just like real estate, vehicles and shared accounts. In this case, "art" may include not just works like paintings and sculpture but also film, comics and novels.

Study finds that doctors have lower divorce rates

Residents of Illinois may be surprised to learn that doctors have among the lowest rates of divorce in the health care profession, and they have lower divorce rates than the average person outside of the field. The study, was among the first of its kind to critically examine divorce rates among these professionals and address the concern that a doctor's career is costly on family life. Interestingly, the study found results opposite to most expectations.

How bankruptcy affects child support

Illinois parents who are declaring bankruptcy and who either owe or pay child support may wonder how bankruptcy affects that obligation. The short answer is that bankruptcy does not relieve a parent of child support obligations, and debts related to child support are not discharged in a bankruptcy.

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