Illinois courts, like those all across the country, often function at full capacity. With the sheer number of legal disputes heard in state courtrooms on any given day, it can be easy to see how they can get backed up now and then. Though, that's little consolation for the thousands of people that find themselves navigating through the legal system each year. Divorce litigation may at least begin to move along a bit more smoothly if new legislation is passed into law. And while that alone is a promising prospect for many, there's also hope that the proposed bills will ease the burden on separating couples and their families.
Every court case is unique in the fact that it involves individual parties working toward specific goals. However, the legislation and legal policies applied to particular cases are not original. Courts throughout the state of Illinois often rely on standards set in previous cases to help interpret the law as it stands and determine the most appropriate ruling according to that interpretation. However, every now and then a case comes along that challenges legal conventions, potentially setting new precedents in the process.
It recently came to light that a woman has filed a lawsuit against NBA legend Michael Jordan. The suit claims that Jordan is the biological father of the woman's now 16-year-old son. In addition to requesting that the retired basketball player's paternity be established once and for all via a medical test, the suit specifies-among other things-that Jordan should be responsible for child support. However, the Chicago sports star is now responding to these allegations with claims of his own.
There are many reasons a mother may take legal measures to seek support and/or custody rulings for her child. Many times she and the child's biological father are separated, divorced, or were never married, and it is up to the court to decide what role the man should play in the child's life. Sometimes, such as when the child is born out of wedlock, it can be in the best interest of both parents to settle issues like custody arrangements early on to ensure that the child's needs are fully met and that each parent understands their responsibilities. In some instances though, years may pass before a parent insists on the establishment of paternity. And while it may come as a surprise to learn that a man can be identified as a father long after his child was born, the time laps may have little to no affect on lessening his parental obligations.