A case being considered by the Illinois Supreme Court over three frozen embryos could have repercussions far beyond what the battling parties originally envisioned. At stake in this precedent-setting custody case is the genetic material of an unmarried couple who agreed in 2010 to undergo fertility treatments when the woman discovered she had non-Hodgkin lymphoma and that the treatment would effectively end her fertility. Shortly after the genetic material was extracted and the embryos were created, the couple split up.
Medical science has changed the way people live in Illinois and around the world. Advances are now beginning to affect alimony payments in Illinois and elsewhere. Value has now been placed on a woman's eggs. This case involves a 38-year-old woman from New Jersey who has requested that the courts require her former husband to cover a $20,000 fee for egg-freezing, medication and several years of egg storage. When they married, the woman expected that they would have children. Because of her age, she may not have had much more time to conceive.
Many Illinois readers may understand how difficult it is cope with divorce. This is especially true if there are child custody issues involved. Younger children fall into the routine of visiting the other parent, but as they get older they often want a larger say in how and when that time happens. As a parent, it's important not to take their preferences personally.
Parents in Illinois who are struggling to get their exes to pay child support might be interested to hear about the case of a woman who is suing Blue Cross for child support payments. The woman's ex-husband is a self-employed chiropractor, but Blue Cross reportedly provides his primary source of income.