Too many moms and dads see a child support obligation as a parenting penalty. They think that the courts are out to get them, or that the receiving parent is getting a reward for being a better parent.
Around the country, there is no guarantee that divorced parents will financially contribute to raising a child, at least not in a legally-enforceable way. But in the state of Illinois, the law is clear. Both parents should contribute to that child's well-being and ensuring that the financial resources are there for the child to grow up and succeed. Child support, in this regard, is important to ensuring this goal is fulfilled.
Having a child is an incredible responsibility, one that goes well beyond any other, a lifelong commitment that may outlast your relationship with the other parent. This responsibility it can result in complex agreements and connections between two parents. However, establishing the parameters of child support arrangements and how parental responsibilities and parental time will be handled in the state of Illinois is important.
In our last post, we talked about child support in the state of Illinois and how some court orders need to be enforced due to an unwilling or irresponsible parent. Today, we will continue this conversation by talking about modifying a child support order or agreement.
Raising a child is a difficult task, but it is one that can bring you lifelong joy and happiness. As difficult as it is to raise a child, it becomes much more complicated when a divorce is involved. When the mother and father of a child decide to end their marriage, there are important legal questions that need to be answered regarding parenting time and parental responsibilities, as well as figuring out the logistics of having divorced parents working together to do what is best for the child.
Some people are under the impression that child support can only be used for specific costs. To a certain extent, they are right. But that thought process implies that the number of things that can be paid for with your child support payments is very limited. To the contrary, there are many different costs and factors in life for which a parent can use his or her child support payments.
We probably all know someone who is inherently lazy, can't ever hold a job and when they have money, it is spent first on indulgences, and then they are pandering to pay their light bill and hinting around for handouts to help. If that description sounds fairly similar to your ex-spouse, you may be in for a long ride when it comes to receiving child support.
If you reside in Illinois, and you have gone through a divorce and now are under court orders to pay child support, you may be having a difficult time adjusting to the payments. The whole situation is likely to be a challenge, now you want to spend money and indulge your children when you have them, but your resources are so tapped because you are giving the money to your ex.
If you have gone through a divorce, you are likely finding that it takes time for your finances to get back on track. You must adjust to one income and full responsibility for bills, and if you are not the primary custodian of your children, you may have the added expense of child support.
The end of a relationship is a tough and emotional time. When children are involved, it can be even more emotionally draining. There are numerous things to consider that need to be addressed when a relationship ends, and there are children to take care of; matters such as who the child will live with, what is in the best interests of the child and how to minimize the impact on the child. Regardless of the issues that caused the demise of the relationship, both parents want what's best for their children.