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What happens if you don't pay child support?

Your ex-spouse isn't letting you see your children as much as you'd like. The entire situation makes you feel upset, so you decided that you'd take control. You decided that you'd stop paying support unless your children came to see you.

Unfortunately, that's not a great decision. You can get into a lot of trouble for failing to pay child support.

Did you know these interesting facts about divorce?

If you're planning on getting a divorce from your spouse, it may be difficult to think of how your life could change. You know that things won't be the same, and you are worried about how you'll be perceived.

You should know that you're not alone in choosing divorce. Divorces are extremely common, and the chances are that you and others you know all have met people who are going through what you're going through today.

Get help to fight against unwanted changes in child custody

When you and your spouse got divorced, you both initially said you wanted what was best for your children. What you found later was that what your spouse meant was that they wanted what was best if that involved them having primary custody.

Now, you're engaged in a long-standing battle of trying to keep your custody arrangements reasonable. Your ex-spouse has been trying everything they can to get a judge to rule in their favor and reduce your custody and visitation time, but you are not letting go without a fight.

Can a child’s age affect custody decisions?

No matter how old your children are, the prospect of spending less time with them after divorce can be tough. But when your case goes to court, how much does age factor into a judge’s ultimate custody decision?

Age can be a significant part of the picture. But it certainly isn’t the only factor a judge will look at when deciding which parent will receive primary custody. In some cases, it can play a larger role, especially in the case of a newborn or breast-feeding child, but it doesn’t mean that age is the main contributing factor. Rather, a judge will consider the child’s overall best interests.

Divorces are less stigmatized, and gray divorces are more common

The majority of people who get married don't want to think about the possibility of a divorce. After all, your wedding day should be one of the happiest in your life. You and your spouse have been together for some time and getting married shows that you both want to remain committed to each other.

The truth is that many couples don't stay together, so divorce is relatively common. Over time, divorces have lost the stigma that used to be associated with them, and more people have opted to divorce instead of staying in unhappy relationships.

Student loans and schooling: Custody considerations

As divorced parents, something you may be discussing as the end of 2019 approaches is how you'll support your child when they enter college. There are lots of things that parents need to consider, such as who receives tax credits, who takes out loans and receives the best interest rates and which household should have custody in the best interests of lower-cost schooling.

Some parents have gone as far as to divorce to make things easier on their children. Sometimes, a couple makes too much money to qualify for the loans or government support needed to send their child to school, but independently, they'd be eligible and save thousands of dollars.

Child support: A way to provide for your child in another home

Child support is an important financial arrangement that requires one parent to pay the other a preset amount of money each month (or based on another scheduled time or date) for the care of their children. Child support may seem unfair to some people, especially when they share custody regularly, but it's important to remember why support is so necessary.

Child support provides for children who live with the other parent more often. Support is required because it's supposed to make the home "whole," giving your child the full financial support of both parents in their primary household.

Every adult needs an estate plan

Too many Illinois residents believe that they don't need an estate plan because they don't have much of an estate or no descendants. But that is a fallacy.

Unless you are homeless and living on the street, everyone owns something of at least personal value. You have the right to determine to whom or which charity you would like to leave your worldly goods after you die.

What if you need to alter your parenting plan in Illinois?

As a divorced individual, you know that not all plans work out. Sometimes, you need to pivot and regroup. Situations can arise in the care of children that necessitate a change of arrangements, just as they did in the case of your marriage. In this scenario, you may need to make changes to your legal parenting plan, referred to as a child custody agreement outside of Illinois.

What changes can be made to your existing parenting plan?

Don't let negativity and conflict hurt your child

When it comes to child custody, it's important that both parents reach an agreement. When parents don't get along or have a lot of animosity between them, even something as simple as exchanging custody can become frustrating and argumentative.

As a parent who is looking out for the best interests of your child, it's important that you do all you can to reduce conflicts between you and your ex-spouse. Why? Negativity and conflicts have a detrimental effect on children.

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