Illinois residents paying child support may wonder how the child support amount they are paying has been determined. Child support amounts are based on the financial needs of the child, the income of the parent with custody of the child, the ability of the paying parent to pay and the standard of living the child is accustomed to.
According to the news, yet another case has arisen involving the molestation of a minor over the course of many years. This time, the molester happens to be a well-known celebrity-Michael Jackson. Jackson has once again been accused of molesting a young boy, Wade Robson, for 7 years, beginning at the age of 7. Questions have been posed in regards to Jackson getting away with the molestation for years without being caught. One maid has testified that she did, however, catch Jackson and Robson showering together. The details about her involvement with the case are unknown; however her witness brings up a valuable concern that needs to be addressed.
In some child custody cases, visitation with a parent is required to be supervised. Supervised visitation requires that a third party be present during a parent's time with his/her children. This extra supervision may be ordered when unsupervised contact would seriously endanger the mental or physical well-being of the child. Another instance where supervision may be required is when the visiting parent has had little or no previous contact with the child. In both situations, the key reason for the supervision is to provide safe contact between the parent and the child.
The Supreme Court recently struck down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act, which had barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. Plaintiffs in an Illinois lawsuit are now citing the ruling in an attempt to strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The plaintiffs argue that same-sex couples in Illinois do not have access to the federal benefits that are available to same-sex couples in states where same-sex marriage is legal.
Child custody decisions can become heated, especially when both parents want to spend as much time with their child as possible. These decisions can become even more complex if one parent wishes to move out-of-state with their child. However, a new rule promulgated by the Illinois Supreme Court will affect how these custody decisions are made.
Exchanging children between parents can be one of the most stressful parts of co-parenting for numerous reasons. Many times victims of domestic abuse fear coming into contact with their ex as they exchange children for visitation purposes. Fortunately, places such as Children's Safe Harbor, in Rockford, IL exist to provide a neutral place for families to use when exchanging children for parenting time or visitation. The mission of Children's Safe Harbor "is to help facilitate a child's need and right to share a relationship with both of his/her parents."
The issue of gay marriage, an increasingly controversial topic, has become an even hotter topic in recent news. Recent Supreme Court decisions have made provisions for gay couples to be recognized as married in California, making them as equal in status as heterosexual couples. Supporters for gay marriage believe that marriage is a civil right for all, whereas those opposed believe marriage is between a man and a woman. In Illinois, the state legislature has still not passed a bill that would legalize gay marriage, though civil unions are legal. However, civil unions and marriage are two different things.
Illinois residents who are going through a divorce may be interested to learn that children may be impacted more if the divorce happens in the first few years of the child's life. A two-part study conducted at the University of Illinois revealed that when people who experience divorce in early childhood may have insecure relationships with their parents when they are adults.