For custodial parents who are owed child support payments, the problem goes beyond making ends meet. As one Illinois mom puts it, "It takes a toll on everything, and the stress is overbearing." Her son, she says, hasn't seen his dad for 15 years. After years of financial and emotional struggle, two bankruptcies and unsuccessful efforts to collect the money his father owes, her 18-year-old son's distrust of men extends well beyond his dad.
If Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes had not had an antenuptial agreement, how would they have approached property division? Every news article made a point of saying that Cruise was worth much, much more than Holmes. When she served him with the divorce papers, how could she have kept him or his accountants, business managers, agents, lawyers and other representatives from moving assets around to make it look as if he had less? How could she -- or anyone, for that matter -- have kept him from giving everything he owned to his son so he could honestly say he had nothing?
Christie Brinkley will return to the stage in April. She will play Roxie Hart in the musical "Chicago," a career move that ex-husband Peter Cook claims is behind her public accusations regarding their ongoing dispute over custody and support of their children. Brinkley's camp counters that Cook was the one to take the argument to the media when he agreed to a TV interview.
As his parents continue their struggle for visitation with his 4-year-old son, a bill bearing Steven Watkins' name is making its way through the Illinois General Assembly. Watkins was murdered in 2008 when he went to pick up his son for a court-ordered visitation. This bill would allow the court to suspend the driver's license of a person like Watkins' wife who fails to comply with a visitation order.