• Why Should I Develop a Parenting Plan?

    If you are in the process of filing for divorce or are thinking about filing for divorce in Chicago, it is important to know about how a parenting plan can give you control and flexibility with regard to your kids. As you may know, in some cases, the court enters an allocation judgment through which it allocates parental responsibilities and parenting time. Yet this is not necessarily true in every case. When parents can come to an agreement about parental[...]

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  • Get Ready for Illinois’s Child Support Law Changes

    There are major changes coming to the way child support is calculated in Chicago, Illinois. Beginning on July 1, 2017, these changes will take effect. What do you need to know? In short, the state of Illinois will shift from a “percentage of net income” model of child support to an “income shares” model of child support. This means that courts no longer will take a percentage of the payor parent’s net income in awarding child support, but instead will[...]

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  • Making Payments Directly to the Child

    A New Jersey judge’s decision has raised some eyebrows amongst family law practitioners. In one particular case, the judge has ordered that the noncustodial parent may satisfy part of his or her child support obligation by making child support payments directly to the child – even though the child is not emancipated and still living with the custodial parent. In the vast majority of child support cases, the noncustodial parent (or nonresidential parent) pays child support to the other parent[...]

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  • A Strange Occurrence in Iowa

    An Iowa man made headlines recently after he announced that he intended to fight a court order that directed he pay child support to his wife (from whom he is separated) for her child, to whom the man expressly disavows any relation. This storyline may not be newsworthy in and of itself, but there is a wrinkle in this story: the child at issue is approximately one-year-old, and the man has not seen his wife in sixteen years. Paternity Presumptions[...]

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  • New App Aims to Alleviate Post-Agreement Child Support Conflict

    Post-Decree Issues with Child Support?  This App and A Chicago Family Lawyer Can Help. Even after the settlement order has been signed, child support issues can still rear their ugly heads.  Otherwise loving parents can become embroiled in contentious, stressful, expensive disputes with regards to paying for been caring for shared children. A new app, developed by Sheri Atwood, the child of divorced parents, promises to help illuminate these types of posts agreement child support conflicts. The app, called SupportPay,[...]

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