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Illinois child support issues in the forefront

Over the years, we hear the same basic divorce story over and over. A couple graduates from school and they great jobs that they enjoy. They are each making a good living and after they marry they are DINK – or double-income, no-kids.

When it is time to have children they agree that one of them needs to stay home and it is usually the wife who makes the sacrifice. The man of the family puts in long hours and sees himself as the martyr in this marriage because he is the sole breadwinner.

In his daily life, unlike his wife, he meets women who are upwardly mobile, often with full-time jobs and a family. They seem to make it work so why can't his wife do the same thing? He grows apart from his wife and becomes disillusioned because, as he remembers it, she insisted on quitting her job to become a full-time mother.

The mother in this situation finds herself to be a single parent without a job and with the prospect of seeking alimony and child support. Many courts do not consider raising children as a full-time job. Being a caretaker and an employed parent are almost expected in today's world. Hiring a divorce attorney at this point is an important first step.

Many stay-at-home parents are not compensated and receive little child support. Temporary compensation is the norm now. Rehabilitative or temporary alimony is granted for a period so the other spouse can learn a skill and get full-time employment.

The future of the stay-at-home parent and child depends on how much emphasis she and her spouse put on her skill as a parent. A postnuptial agreement will help them to see that the mother's future is ensured. An attorney can assist in this process.

Getting divorced doesn't have to be contentious; it can facilitate child support in a positive setting throughout the children's lives. If you find yourself in the shoes of the working spouse or the stay-at-home spouse, you may need an experienced attorney.

Source: Forbes, "Deciding to become a stay-at-home mom? Consider this cautionary tale" Jeff Landers, May. 29, 2014

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