It is no secret that divorce, child support and custody and other family law matters are stressful for everyone involved. One of the pain points is the necessary involvement of the family court. Even in uncontested divorces and settlements reached through the collaborative law process, some court involvement is necessary. The hope is that court appearances -- hearings and even trials -- will move forward quickly.
Congressman Joe Walsh is again a source of controversy. Walsh is the freshman U.S. Representative from Illinois' 8th District who made headlines over the summer for failing to pay child support to his ex-wife. The 8th District includes parts of Lake, McHenry and Cook counties.
A congressman from Illinois has been embroiled in a headline-grabbing child support dispute for the past week or so. Joe Walsh, who represents the state's 8th District, meets the stories with accusations of political backlash. Court documents from December show that Rep. Walsh owed $117,437 in child support payments to his ex-wife. The 8th District includes portions of Lake, McHenry and Cook counties.
It's no surprise to anyone that child custody has changed. Since the mid-1970s, when the nation's first joint parenting law was passed, the number of mothers awarded sole custody has declined. Before that, in Lake County and elsewhere, the mother had to be dead, in jail or mentally ill before the court would give a father sole custody, or so one family law expert says.