Archive, September 2014.

Separation and divorce can emotionally and psychologically impact a child. The way parents treat one another can make a significant difference in how a child processes the parents' separation. In some cases, one parent may choose to take a “scorched earth” approach in attempts to destroy the relationship between the child and the other parent. A parent may even exert undue influence on a child by speaking badly about the other parent to ensure he or she receives sole custody. However, when this happens, the child can be left psychologically scarred. In response, a court may decide to…

When child support is ordered in Illinois, the order for support must be complied with until modified or the child support obligation terminates. However, not every parent who is ordered to pay child support complies. As a result, the parent will owe back child support, known as child support arrearages. Under Illinois law, mandatory interest is charged on unpaid child support arrearages. Due to the mandatory interest, when a parent is unable to keep up with the payments, it is important to seek a modification of the original child support order. A petition seeking a modification allows a …

Until recently, the calculation of spousal support in Illinois was based on a judge's discretion after the consideration of several factors found in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (the law). There was previously no set formula to calculate how much money the court had to award, if any, in spousal support. The factors assisted judges in determining spousal support by taking into account, for example, the income and property available to each spouse, future income, standard of living during marriage, and the length of the marriage.

Having children is one of life's major decisions. Whether a couple decides to have a child before or after marriage, there are issues that can arise if the couple decides to later separate. These issues usually revolve around visitation, child custody and child support. Generally, these issues are handled the same as a couple going through divorce. However, there may be some complications in resolving these issues when it comes to unwed parents, depending on the couple's relationship.

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