Tax Exemptions and Unpaid Child Support

Many court Orders will provide that a parent who is paying child support must be current on child support in order to be eligible to claim tax exemption(s).  This time of year is when that issue often comes to the forefront.

Money-Saving Tips for Those with Divorce or Child Custody Cases

A child custody or divorce case can be one of the most important events in a person’s life.  It can also be one of the more expensive events too.  However, there are things that a person can do to help minimize that expense while also seeking the best possible outcome for the case.

Deciding Where to File For Divorce

The question of where to file for divorce is one that can be complex, especially when a person has moved recently or has a spouse who lives in another state.  Selecting the right jurisdiction and venue for the divorce case is important, as incorrect choices can cause significant harm to a person’s case and interests.

Things to Discuss with a Lawyer During a Family Law Consultation

When a person consults with a lawyer about their family law case, there are many different things that should be discussed so that the client is as informed as possible about how the case would proceed and the terms of representation.  While each situation is different, there are some common things that are applicable in every case:

Imputing Income in Child Support Cases

Child support in Illinois and Iowa are based in large part upon the income of the parent who is paying child support.  That makes determining the proper amount of income for child support an important aspect of the case.  The Iowa District Court and the Illinois Circuit Court have the authority to impute income to either party when child support is being calculated.

Don’t Wait to Handle Child Support Cases

When it comes to Child Support, handling the case as soon as possible is almost always the best course of action.  That is true for the parent who is receiving child support, and for the parent who is paying child support.

Child Support in Iowa

When an Iowa court grants a divorce, annulment, or separate maintenance, it may order either or both parents to pay a “reasonable and necessary” amount towards the support and maintenance of a child.  The court is required to consider the responsibility of both parents to provide for the minor child’s needs and welfare.  The child support payments are

Child Support in Illinois

In a variety of situations – such as the end of a marriage or when unmarried parents cannot agree as to the sharing of child-related expenses – the “non-custodial” parent (the parent with whom the child does not live) may be ordered by an Illinois court to pay a certain amount as child support.