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 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.
In general, divorce can be complex. When the separation involves a family with minor children, even more is involved than just property division. In most cases, one parent resides with the child while the other parent is expected to pay child support. Child support is a financial contribution to the everyday and extracurricular costs of raising a child. In most states, the noncustodial parent will be expected to pay support until the child is no longer considered a minor. Certain circumstances, however, may warrant a longer period of support, such as if a child has a serious physical or cognitive impairment.
As Illinois residents may know, high-asset divorce may be contentious, as is demonstrated in the case of hedge-fund founder Ken Griffith and his wife. His wife's financial statement, which claims about $1 million in childcare expenses, is what she says the couple was paying during the marriage and that it should continue after the divorce.
Those who willfully fail to provide support for their spouse or child may be guilty of failure to support. The law defines failure to support as leaving the state to evade a support order. An individual may also be guilty of failure to support if support payments have not been made in the last six months and the amount of past due support is $5,000 or more.