Illinois parents who are paying or receiving child support often wonder whether the amount can be changed and how to go about doing so. This is one of the most common family law issues that is in dispute. Both the custodial and the supporting parent should understand that it is possible for there to be a child support modification. There are certain criteria that must be met to modify the order.
Financial challenges can arise without warning. Illinois residents can face unexpected life changes, medical issues, loss of a job and a multitude of other problems that can render them unable to escape financial struggles without help. Fortunately, there are alternatives available. One that many people do not fully understand is Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Before pursuing this option, it is essential to know what it is and who is eligible.
In our previous post, we began looking at some of the factors family courts consider when making child custody decisions. As we noted, judges have broad discretion to consider any factor relevant to the best interests of the child. Special consideration is given, naturally, to factors relating to the safety and welfare of the child.
Child custody is one of the—if not the single—most stressful issues parents have to deal with in divorce. Parents, of course, want to continue to be a part of their children’s lives even if their marriage fails, and the research shows that maintaining a close relationship with parents after their divorce can help mitigate the negative effects of divorce on children.
Some debt collectors go to great lengths to collect debts: using trickery or harassment to bully consumers into paying up. When abusive debt collectors cross the line, the consumer may be entitled to damages of $1,000 and more under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.