Illinois football fans will likely be familiar with the name Terrell Owens, but they may not know that he recently avoided spending time in jail for unpaid child support. The former professional football player is obligated by the terms of his child support agreement to pay $5,000 in monthly payments. This is not the first time Owens has not punctually paid his child support; there have been several instances in which he was on the brink of facing court action before agreeing to pay. However, in many of these times, he would return to missing payments shortly thereafter.
It may be common knowledge to Illinoisans that financial problems can put strain on a marriage, along with other social issues such as excessive alcohol or drug use. But just how important is this strain? That is exactly what two doctors from the University of California researched in a newly released study in the Journal of Marriage and Family. The study looked at 6,012 participants of varying socioeconomic backgrounds to see how they compared to one another with respect to marriage and divorce.
Some of the most contentious issues in a divorce can be those surrounding children. Every parent will go to great lengths to provide what they believe to be in the best interest of their children. Therefore, when parents perceive that something will harm their children, they fight to protect them. A critical part of all divorces between Illinois couples with children will be child custody.
It is common advice for divorcing couples to try their best to remain amicable throughout their divorces since the generated goodwill can lend itself to many positive benefits. However, it is also important for those considering divorce not to be nice to the point of avoiding hard choices or realizations that could spell problems for the future if not properly settled.