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Prominent former congressman ordered to pay child support

67084405_S.jpgIllinois cases in which a couple is at the end of a marriage can be complicated. This is particularly true when there are children involved. Adding to the litany of issues that will arise is when the couple in question is prominent and has significant assets. Those who are involved in a divorce that has the extra issues that accompany a great amount of attention must make certain that they protect themselves from the beginning of the process to the end.

The former United States Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has been in the process of getting a divorce from his wife. Mr. Jackson and his wife were both sentenced to jail for having roles in financial malfeasance. They both served their sentences and are now free. Mr. Jackson is getting workers' compensation and disability at this time, and has been ordered to pay child support to his wife in the amount of $1,529 each month for their two children, ages 16 and 13. The payments are set to begin in March.

There are various factors in the case of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson that are relevant to a number of divorces. Prenuptial agreements can be complex and have language that might not be relevant to the current situation. One party might want to uphold the agreement and the other might want to contest it. With child support, the amount that is paid can vary based on several matters. The jurisdiction could be called into question. Those who are in the midst of the end of a marriage need to be cognizant of all the divorce legal issues that are applicable to their situation.

Mr. and Mrs. Jackson have not only had to face the end of their marriage, but the public scrutiny that goes along with having been in congress and being related to a famed civil rights leader. While this case might be atypical for a workaday person, there are aspects that can be comparable. With any divorce, a lawyer can help with a case no matter the circumstances.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Jesse Jackson Jr. ordered to pay temporary child support," Katherine Skiba, Feb. 8, 2017

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