The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a topic of concern in Chicago. For parents, child custody and support arrangements that were previously put in place may be harder to navigate or enforce considering the current situation. The following are common problems you are likely to encounter and the steps needed to resolve them.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (DPH), there have been close to 300,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. While many of the businesses that closed at the height of the pandemic have since reopened, there are still plenty of people who are out of work or experiencing drastic reductions in hours.
This creates major problems for parents, particularly those who are divorced or unmarried and not living with their partner. Child support orders that were previously put in place help ensure children have what they need, but what happens when one spouse is unable to meet their financial obligation or refuses to make timely payments? Child support enforcement actions available include:
In addition to problems with child support payments, issues pertaining to COVID-19 may be wreaking havoc with any current Illinois parenting plans you have in place. Common problems parents are likely to encounter include:
Talking with the other parent is the first step in addressing these and other parenting plan issues. If they are not willing to be reasonable, you may need to request a child custody modification.
During these difficult times, the Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group is here to help ensure you and your children’s rights are protected. To request a consultation, contact our Chicago child custody and support attorneys today.
There are many factors to consider when contemplating divorce, and a pre-divorce planning session can help you begin to plan for a divorce. Please contact the professionals at the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group by calling (312) 585-6604 or clicking here to schedule a consultation.