Section Newsletter Articles on Child Support
Child support income withholding notices not just an afterthought
, September 2013
Within the last 18 months, significant changes have been made to both Federal and State laws governing IWOs. Failure to recognize the latest protocols could result in complaints to the ARDC or charges of malpractice as the penalties attributable to employers who fail to withhold are substantial.
Post-majority support for education in Illinois
, August 2013
While support for college expenses is regularly included in a Judgment for Dissolution, Illinois case law is inconsistent regarding the correct measure of a parent’s financial obligations.
The Supreme Court weighs in on a question of income
, June 2012
While the Supreme Court in In re Marriage of McGrath has eliminated one means of establishing a child support order in the case of unemployed obligors with one hand, it has given its imprimatur to alternative methods of obtaining relief for custodial parents.
What is income?
, December 2011
How does the court (or parties) determine payor’s income to apply guideline child support calculations?
College expense contributions by divorced parents: Reservations about reservation provisions
, November 2011
Courts do not always require divorcing parties to expressly allocate the cost of their children’s college expenses between themselves upon termination of their marriage. Rather, the issue of each party’s respective obligation to contribute to their children’s college expenses is instead often “reserved” for future determination pursuant to Section 513 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Given the popularity of these reservation provisions in divorce decrees, family law practitioners must understand the ramifications of these provisions, and how to best convert the “reservation” into actual college expense contributions.
Child support withholding—Payor beware
, August 2011
Generally the cases brought under the Income Withholding for Support Act involve one or both of the following issues: “Who is a payor?” and “How and when will a penalty under the Withholding Act be assessed for failure to withhold or to timely remit the child suport?”
Setting child support—Part I
, June 2010
The first in a series of articles that help identify common issues in determining child support.
Top 10 things to know about child support matters
Young Lawyers Division
, October 2008
Whether you are an experienced practitioner handling your first child support case or an attorney recently admitted to practice in Illinois, you should be aware that family law cases, including child support matters, present their own unique challenges and concerns.
Public Act 95-685 and its impact on family law
, May 2008
On October 23, 2007, the Governor signed into law the most comprehensive package of legislation affecting child support enforcement since the introduction of mandatory child support withholdings through the State Disbursement Unit.
Wage garnishment—Not just the employee’s problem
Business Advice and Financial Planning
, March 2006
Many employers view a wage garnishment as an unnecessary nuisance and “the employee’s problem.” However, an employer may be found liable for amounts not withheld or turned over in a timely manner under a properly served wage garnishment order.