As people wait longer to get married, more couples are cohabiting before they are able to afford the costs associated with a wedding. In Illinois and across the nation, this trend is bringing with it a higher number of first children born out of wedlock. As couples increasingly view marriage as less of a necessity for couples to begin having children and forming a family.
In Illinois and across the country, parents who are divorced typically face complicated decisions regarding custody of their children. Child custody agreements often include any number of stipulations, such as provisions for education, religion or the number of hours each parent gets to spend with their children. Many times, divorcing couples are able to work out the arrangements with minimal trouble; however, if a parent violates a court-ordered custody agreement, there may be legal repercussions.
It doesn't matter if you're an average person, celebrity or well-known athlete, when you don't make your court-ordered Illinois child support or alimony payments there are potential legal consequences. Dennis Rodman, former professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls and NBA Hall of Fame inductee, is experiencing this first hand as he faces court proceedings in regard to both unpaid child support and spousal support.
Traditionally, many people in Illinois probably think that most divorces occur immediately after the new year in January. However, a recently published study reveals that we are actually just coming off the year's most popular month for divorce filings: March. For couples in Illinois, it is unlikely that this national trend would be any different.