Divorces are hard on everyone involved, but children often suffer the most. Some believe the divorce is their fault, while others become aggressive or uncooperative when faced with changes they don't want to deal with.
On one hand, child support seems simple. Both parents have to support the child, so the court order just evens things out, ordering the parent without custody to help by paying the parent with custody. That money isn't income for the second parent, per se, but helps buy food, buy clothing, and pay for the other many expenses of raising a child.
Child support is a critical issue in any divorce. Whether you expect to pay child support or hope to receive it, child support will have a major financial impact on your life and the lives of your children. In Illinois, courts consider the respective incomes, assets and financial circumstances of each parent to determine a monthly child support payment. However, financial circumstances change.
Your children have to be the focus of the child custody process. Whether you are going through a divorce or have simply split from your child's other parent, the child custody process is likely something you will have to go through. Understanding these points of a child custody case can help you to prepare yourself for what is going to happen.