DuPage County, IL (PRWEB) December 16, 2008
During the holiday season, families usually experience the joys of the season and create new traditions and memories. However, for those who pay or receive child support in Illinois, this time of the year can bring some unexpected consequences, states the Law Firm of Sullivan Taylor & Gumina.
Many Illinois companies and employers are currently projecting their 2009 operating budgets. And with the U.S. economy in recession, many Illinois employers are awakening to the grim realization that they will have to lay off employees, or at a minimum, reduce available hours for staff. For those who pay child support or spousal maintenance after a divorce, losing a job or having hours cut back essentially means that they will simply not be able to meet their financial obligations. And for those who receive child support or spousal maintenance after a divorce, not receiving the funds they have grown accustomed to receiving often produces an instant crisis.
Illinois child support laws provide opportunities to modify child support to the spouse who has lost their job. In Illinois, losing a job or experiencing a severe reduction in working hours usually constitutes a "substantial change in circumstances", which many Courts use as a basis to modify the child support or modify the spousal maintenance listed in the divorce decree. A child support payor should immediately tell their attorneys to file a motion to modify child support with the Court. Some individuals try to file motions on their own and wind up having their motions dismissed, as many Illinois Courts require a petition to modify child support to be accompanied by a current comprehensive financial affidavit, financial disclosure form, or child support form specific to that county or state. It's often easier to simply let the attorneys take over the problem.
Those who receive child support or spousal support in Illinois should make sure that they have sufficient financial reserves to weather a brief interruption of support in cases where the payor loses their job. Illinois families who don't prepare for this possibility often find themselves financially devastated when they receive a motion to modify child support.
At Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, we have the experience and the knowledge to help guide you through these periods of financial uncertainty and economic turmoil. Whether you choose to pursue the litigation process; mediation; or the Collaborative Law process in resolving your Illinois family law issues, Sullivan Taylor & Gumina has the resources to help. Contact Sullivan Taylor & Gumina today to discuss your options and goals.
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About Sullivan Taylor & Gumina:
Founded in 1994, the law firm of Sullivan Taylor & Gumina is dedicated to providing compassionate family law services to people throughout Chicago's western suburbs.
Joseph F. Emmerth, Attorney at law
SULLIVAN TAYLOR & GUMINA
1749 South Naperville Road, Suite 106
Wheaton, IL 60187