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May 2013 Archives

Celebrity case reveals flaws in child support system

Illinois residents may be familiar with some of the headline-grabbing cases involving celebrities and their child support disputes. Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian was required to pay $100,000 in month in child support for a girl who turned out to be some other man's biological daughter. Actress Halle Berry pays $240,000 a year to her ex-boyfriend for child support. Now, the case of actor Charlie Sheen and his ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, demonstrates how flaws in the child support system may encourage some parents to use their children for financial gain.

The changing face of alimony

Alimony emerged in a time where men and women had "separate spheres" in a marriage. The husband traditionally earned money by working outside the home, and the wife stayed at home to raise the children and take care of the household. In the event of a divorce, the woman who had stayed home all of those years did not have the experience and skills to start earning a living outside the home, and so the partner who had been building a career for so many years would make a monthly payment to help the wife survive. The husband had benefited from the woman staying home and working, and this helped recognize the sacrifice that she made to her own earning potential by doing so.

Debunking mediation myths

Some Chicago residents who are considering divorce may wonder whether they would benefit from using a mediator rather than going to court. Many people have misconceptions regarding the mediation process. By improving their understanding of what mediators do, people who are planning to divorce can make an informed decision.

Saving for college while going through divorce

While some couples may plan for their kids to go to college when they are together, divorce may complicate the process. One spouse may renege on an agreement or the couple may have never discussed the issue, thinking that they had plenty of time left to save. However, divorce mediation can help spouses to reach a mutual agreement concerning this important topic.

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