Some Illinois couples, like others across the nation, are struggling with separation and divorce issues in a relatively new field: that of negotiations when the wife earns more than the husband. In the past, wives were almost always the automatic choice for child custody and were also normally awarded alimony or other forms of support. However, in about 16 percent of households today, the wife outearns the husband. This means that divorce mediation or trials may have far different outcomes for both partners than in the past.One way for both partners to protect their personal assets, especially those earned before the marriage, is to have a prenuptial agreement in place. A prenup can define how property will be divided in case of divorce and help both partners leave the marriage with the assets they brought to the union. Keeping some money separate, in clearly marked accounts, is another way to provide some protection for personal assets. This is especially true for inherited assets; in most cases, it is wise for the spouse who inherited to keep those funds separate in his or her name only.
Many parents wonder if staying together despite a difficult relationship is better for the children who may be affected by a divorce. Issues of child custody and child support can be some of the most difficult to reconcile during the divorce process, but staying together may also be harmful for the children, especially if there is abuse or constant fighting going on in the home situation.
Illinois law allows the state to arrest those who fail to make timely child support payments. Now, a New Jersey man who won the Powerball lottery for $338 million may be subject to the same type of regulation, according to officials in that state. The man currently owes $29,000 in unpaid child support, and authorities are already considering executing an arrest warrant against him if he fails to make the payments.
A man who posted photos of himself in a pile of money is now facing charges of failure to pay child support after the pictures came to the attention of the District Attorney. According to the felony complaint, the man has not made a single child support payment in three years. Illinois law allows felony charges in certain cases when non-custodial parents fail to make child support payments, especially if fraud is involved.