When parents in Illinois and elsewhere divorce, there are important family law issues that need to be addressed and ironed out. While any decision made in the dissolution process is likely to impact the children involved, it is often child custody and child support orders that impact children the most. Thus, it is not only important to carefully and properly draft these documents, but to also take necessary steps to enforce and modify them if issues present themselves.
Divorce issues have the tendency of impacting couples during and after the process is completed. For families in Illinois dealing with family law issues, these can range greatly and could be issues that need to be revisited several times post-divorce. While it is difficult to fathom that you will need to address issues you just resolved during divorce, when it comes to matters revolving around your children, parents should be prepared to continually revisit them until they reach majority age.
In Illinois, April is designated as "Save Abandoned Babies Month." Sometimes, infants are born to mothers and fathers who simply are unable for very personal reasons to care for them. Sometimes these situations have caused parents to put their infant's life in danger in an act of desperation. However, an Illinois statute that addresses that issue is seeing successful results.
While most of the time a mother in Illinois knows who the father of her child is, even if they are no longer in a relationship with one another, other times the matter can be a bit muddled. The alleged father may dispute that the child is his, necessitating a court hearing. However, during that time the child must be cared for by either the mother or the purported father. When this happens, it may be a possibility for the parent caring for the child to obtain a temporary order for child support.
While it may take a village to raise a child, the more practical matter is that it takes money to raise a child. Children need love, of course, but they are dependent on their parents to provide them with the food, clothing, shelter, schooling, health care and all other aspects of a well-rounded childhood. Therefore, if a child's parents are no longer in a relationship with one another, the noncustodial parent will usually be ordered to pay child support to the custodial parent.
Any type of family squabble can be a stressful experience. These situations, however, can take on a heightened amount of stress when they grow into a legal dispute. Whether the situation is divorce, child custody, property division or a number of other family law issues, it's crucial to have a level-headed ally on your side.