Fathers struggle with child support payments

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

Many fathers in Illinois are struggling with issues related to child support, especially when they infrequently have the opportunity to spend time with their children. Indeed, some men feel that they were treated unfairly in family court, especially in terms of the amount of child support they are required to pay each month. However, engaging actively in the process can help fathers to secure an outcome that is more just and fair and recognizes their role in their children’s lives.

When parents decide to divorce, child support can be part of the original divorce decree. The issue can be brought up again later as well, especially if changes occur that affect a father’s ability to pay. It is important for fathers to protect their rights during the divorce negotiations in terms of property division and alimony as well as child support, because the financial damages inflicted by divorce can also injure a father’s ability to provide child support. This includes providing accurate, correct information about income during the divorce and to state agencies. By doing so, fathers can prevent the assignment of an imputed income which can be far greater than their actual paychecks.

It is possible to seek a child support modification when the monthly payment is impossible to bear. If a father becomes disabled, loses his job or otherwise has a significantly different financial situation, the family court can change the monthly payment due.

Fathers who lose their jobs or experience financial hardship can benefit from acting as quickly as possible to address changes in their ability to pay child support. A family law attorney can help pursue a child support modification.

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