Illinois residents involved with raising a child may benefit from learning more about how the state determines if an individual is unfit to be a parent. There are several conditions that may compel family courts to consider an individual unfit for parenting. It may be worth noting that individuals who relinquished a child within the parameters established under the Abandoned Newborn Protection Act may not be considered unfit.
If you are a parent going through a divorce in Illinois, our firm may be able help you to negotiate for a fair child support order. By carefully reviewing the financial situations of all of the parties involved, we work to ensure that our client's rights are respected and that the child support order is in compliance with state guidelines.
Before a non-custodial parent is ordered to make child support payments, the court must determine how much the parent will be obligated to pay using the Illinois Statutory Guidelines. According to the guidelines, the amount to be paid each month is based on the non-custodial parent's net income and the number of children for which that parent is responsible.
Child support laws in Illinois establish a child's legal right to be supported by both parents. This support can either be direct through physical care or indirect through monetary payments to the person providing care. Most child support issues arise when one parent is providing the majority of direct care and the other parent is refusing to provide monetary assistance for their share of the care. The obligation to provide child support only ends when the child turns 18 or is considered emancipated through marriage, joining the military or declaring their own independence.
During typical divorce proceedings in Illinois, one of the issues that may arise is how both parents can continue supporting their children. Under state law, both parents are expected to contribute toward the well-being of their children until they are 18. In some cases, there may even be a separate agreement between the parents to continue paying for educational or other needs after any children from the marriage turn 18.
Illinois parents who are trying to collect child support may be able to point authorities to ex-partners' Facebook pages or other social media to demonstrate whether these exes might be able to pay more than they claim. For example, one parent who reportedly paid the minimum for years to stay out of jail now faces felony charges after bragging on Facebook about how much money they had.
Illinois rapper Chief Keef is in legal trouble stemming from a court hearing. A judge issued a warrant for the performer's arrest after his failure to show up for a hearing based on back child support. The rapper, whose legal name is Keith Cozart, was ordered to appear to answer allegations that he is in arrears of more than $10,000 for his 17-month-old daughter. The mother of the child has said that although Cozart paid some of the ordered child support and makes sure health insurance is available for his daughter, he has fallen behind in his payments.
Illinois Dodgers fans may recall when the previous team owner, Frank McCourt, sold the team in 2012 for more than $2 billion. That same year, McCourt got a divorce from his wife of around thirty years. McCourt's ex accused him of undervaluing the Dodgers and contested their divorce agreement. Due to terms in the agreement, McCourt sought reimbursement of attorney's fees he accumulated battling her attempt to modify their settlement. A judge tentatively ruled on June 24, 2014, in his favor.
Illinois movie fans may have heard that actress Halle Berry recently agreed to pay her ex-boyfriend almost $200,000 a year in child support payments. Since 2012, Berry had been fighting over custody with her ex-boyfriend, who works as a model. In that year, the actress tried to move the couple's daughter with her to France, but a judge blocked the request.
When parents of a child are not in a relationship, one often makes child support payments to the other. One out-of-state man was recently ordered to make support payments for a son that was legally -- but not biologically -- his, but he argues that there are several reasons why this should not happen. Families in Illinois may be able to learn from this case that raises questions about the impact of paternity in child support rulings.