Any Illinois divorce that involves minor children will have several issues that depend on the court's determination of how to protect the "best interests of the child." On its face, the term "best interests of the child" is not very specific, but any judge who has served more than a few years is well-acquainted with how the term should be defined and applied. Because the crucial issues of child custody and support depend upon the court's interpretation of the best interests of the child, anyone contemplating a divorce should have a basic understanding of the term.
Many people who get divorced in Illinois think that the entry of the final judgment is the end of the process. Unfortunately, life circumstances often change at unexpected times and in unexpected ways, especially if the couple had children while they were married. One of the changes that can be most disruptive is a change in the economic circumstances of one of the child's parents that necessitates a possible revision of the original order for child support.
Summer vacation is nearby or already here for children across Illinois. Most children are eager to sleep in, go swimming, spend time outdoors and in general enjoy the pleasant weather that summer brings as well as all the fun activities that go with it. However, if a child's parent is divorced, that parent may need to make summer child custody arrangements with their ex, in as cooperative manner as is possible.
Most parents who are going through a divorce understand that one of them may be required to pay child support to the other. This may make sense when the child is still a minor and is dependent on the care of their parents. However, here, the judge can include college expenses in a child support order, even if the child is no longer a minor.