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Is Illinois child support a zero-sum game, or do some just get zero? p3

This is not a new topic for us. For the last couple of posts, and in many past posts, we have discussed the challenges surrounding child support payments. For the custodial parent, a few missed payments can spell true financial hardship. For some non-custodial parents, the will may be there, but the means just aren't -- next thing you know, that parent is in jail on contempt charges.

Is Illinois child support a zero-sum game, or do some just get zero? p2

We were talking about child support and collection practices in Illinois in our last post. When a non-custodial parent fails to make timely or regular support payments, the custodial parent and children are, unsurprisingly, at risk. What people may lose sight of, though, is that the single-parent family is at risk sometimes even if support is current.

Is Illinois child support a zero-sum game, or do some just get zero?

An article in Chicago Parent recently caught our attention. The article is about collecting (and calculating) child support in Illinois, but it touches on the financial impact of divorce on women. With media coverage focusing so much on celebrities and politicians, it is all too easy to forget about the woman down the street whose husband has missed so many payments that she's now behind on rent and utility bills, in danger of being evicted.

Illinois Rep., behind on child support, praised as family advocate

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.

Child support agreement between Mel and Oksana, finally

It appears that Mel Gibson and his former girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, have finally reached an amicable agreement concerning their daughter. The couple has fought over child support and custody for quite some time. The daughter is almost 2.

US Supreme Court: No right to lawyer in child support cases (p.2)

We are continuing our discussion of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in a case about child support. The appellant hadn't been able to pay. The family court found him in contempt and sentenced him to a year in jail. The Supreme Court was asked if a non-custodial parent has the right to counsel in a child custody hearing when incarceration is a possible outcome.

US Supreme Court: No right to lawyer in child support cases (p.1)

This past March, we talked about a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. One of the issues involved civil contempt for past due child support payments. The Court handed down its ruling recently, and the result could mean some changes to Illinois courts.

Illinois congressman in high-profile child support dispute

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.

Former NBA player must pay back child support in Illinois

Court-ordered child support payments are necessary to help the custodial parent care and raise the couple's children. If a parent fails to pay their court-ordered child support payments, the custodial parent can petition the court to enforce the child support award.

Cost of raising a child increased modestly from 2009 to 2010

This may not be news to parents, but the cost of raising a child in the United States has gone up over the past few years. Divorced parents working on child support agreements may be surprised to learn that an annual report produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has some influence on Illinois child support guidelines.

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