For countless people living in Illinois and all throughout the country, using social media is second nature. At this point, most people rely on tools like email, text messaging and personal online forums for communication and entertainment. And while social media websites and personal messaging services fit seamlessly into most peoples’ lifestyles these days, they can pose unique challenges to individuals facing child custody and/or divorce issues. It is very important that anyone preparing for divorce proceedings understand how and why their own words posted online can be used against them in court.
In the state of Illinois, as in states all across the union, a lot of time and energy goes into researching and composing legislation before it is ever presented to be voted into law. Not only must that new bill address a relevant issue but it must also be constructed in a way that gives it lasting power to be used to settle legal disputes for years to come. However, there comes a time when the significance and effectiveness of any given law must be gauged against the needs of the public and the demands of the times. It may be for that reason that divorce legislation is facing a major renovation in Illinois.
When pieces of legislation are composed and proposed for passing on the state and/or federal level, they typically address a specific type of issue or victim. And while the details surrounding the inception of specific laws may vary, the underlying theme is always to protect victims and provide for the needs of citizens. Unfor tunately, though, there may be instances where some rights are infringed upon in an effort to protect others. If passed, a new Illinois bill might have the potential to help and hurt an already sensitive situation for many people.
Most parents understand that they are financially responsible for their children no matter their personal circumstances. After all, children's needs are constant and do not typically wax or wane with their parents' income level or availability. It is for that reason that child support payments are strictly enforced by the state of Illinois. Once a parent agrees to make payments, they are bound by the law to do so or else may face steep penalties. However, what happens to a parent's financial obligation to their kids if they lose their potential to earn an income because they are incarcerated? The state is now attempting to address that very question with a new piece of legislation.
In most cases, parents are legally responsible for providing for their children even if they do not have primary custody. In the state of Illinois, as in many states across the country, fulfilling that responsibility typically involves contributing child support payments to help ensure that kids' needs are accounted for and met by both parents. Ideally, predetermined monthly payments are consistently made once they have been legally established. Though, there are instances where a parent stops providing for their child either by choice or circumstance. One proposed piece of legislation attempts to hold qualifying parents responsible for their financial obligations in cases where they come across large sums of money.