Archive, January 2013.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has to pay half a million dollars in back child support to his ex-wife, according to a story in the Huffington Post. If Rodman fails to pay the support, he could face jail time. Rodman’s ex-wife initially wanted almost a million dollars but after negotiations agreed to $500,000. Dennis and Michelle Rodman also have to work out custody and visitation rights for their son and daughter later in January. The couple hopes to settle these matters before the scheduled court date Rodman was also found in contempt of court because he unintentionally had not paid enough…

After marriage, many couples have a desire to have children. Some wait a few years, some with much excitement start a family right away. However, there are couples who are not able to have biological children and go through adoption. Whether domestic or international adoption is the route couples choose, a bundle of joy comes their way after a long time of waiting and forking over a lot of money to cover all sorts of costs. But, what happens when the couple decides to dissolve their marriage? What happens to the child or children, who after already going through a tough process of adoption…

Baby boomers are an age group that gets mentioned more than any other when statistics are looked at. This is no different as far as divorce is concerned, and as young adults, baby boomers managed to take divorce rates to heights never before seen. What is interesting about the baby boomer generation is that they are still a prime subject for divorce studies, even though they are over fifty years old. The Huffington Post reported a story about a baby boomers and divorce. Susan Brown and I-Fen Lin conducted a study named The Gray Divorce Revolution. The study suggests that the divorce rate …

As society's outlook on divorce has been gradually shifting, and divorce is not such a taboo subject anymore, new divorce phenomena are surfacing. Everyone has heard a number of colorful stories about divorce, but The New York Times did a story on a phenomenon that is not yet so widely known. This phenomenon is a shower, not a bridal one, but a divorce shower. This tradition-defying party was organized by a group of friends for Mr. Tom Carling, and Carling said he and his friends called it an unbridled shower. “Brides get stuff for the house. Well, I got a party to replace the stuff that…

In a recent study, it was found that parents who are going through a divorce and focus more on their children rather than their relationship problems are being better parents than those who are not. Conflicts within a marriage, and those after a divorce, have the greatest effect on children, according to Dr. Marilyn Coleman. She also says that it can damage a child’s development. This is because kids who from families who go through a divorce have lost access to both of their parents, and if the fighting continues even after the divorce, the children have not only lost access but also are …

NOTE: A new law defining how child support is calculated in Illinois goes into effect in July 2017. For more information, please visit our Child Support page.

It’s official. More than a year after separating, actor Ashton Kutcher has filed divorce papers to end his seven year marriage to actress Demi Moore. Kutcher cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the divorce and did not include a date of separation on the papers. The couple had separated last year amid rumors that Kutcher had been having an affair. At the time, Moore had announced she was filing for divorce from Kutcher, but no petition was ever filed. Reuter’s reports that Kutcher’s petition does not state whether or not the couple had a pre-nuptial agreement. The…

With the New Year comes new laws. One of those new laws in place will help enforce child support obligations from parents who are self-employed or business owners, but don’t pay those obligations - something that has been difficult to do in the past. For a parent who is employed, the courts have the option of attaching his or her paycheck to ensure child support payments are made. But that isn’t an option available for a parent who is self-employed or owns their own business.  Illinois Public Act 097-1029, which took effect January 1, 2013, gives the courts options they can utilize …

According to the Chicago Tribune, William Marotta thought that he was doing a good thing by answering a Craigslist ad placed by Jennifer Schreiner and Angela Bauer. The two women are a lesbian couple that was looking for a sperm donor because they wanted to have a baby. Now the state of Kansas is asking for child support for the child as a result of financial difficulties of the couple. The problem occurred when Schreiner applied for state benefits. She states that she was pressured to give Marotta’s name as the father of the now 3 year old child. This information was used to investigate…

Cheating is a major blow to the sanctity of marriage and the feelings of a spouse.  Since there has been a seemingly endless stream of news about famous people and their infidelities, it is a worthwhile question to ask how evidence of a extramarital affair affects divorce proceedings. Illinois is a no-fault divorce state.  This means that no grounds need to be stated to obtain a divorce, other than claiming that irreconcilable differences exist.  This kind of divorce requires a period of separation to be met before you can file.  This kind of divorce essentially means that no spouse …
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