Actor claims child support payment too steep

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Support on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. This past weekend many throughout the Chicago area likely watched the Academy Award broadcast as well as red carpet coverage. When seeing so many actors in actresses in expensive clothing and jewelry, it is easy to think that they are all wealthy. While in the case of many performers in Hollywood, this is of course true, for others, particularly those who have not worked for a while it is possible that they may be experiencingContinue reading

Joe Walsh seeks child support modification

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Support on Friday, February 22, 2013. It is fair to say that matters involving the welfare of children after parents split are usually one of the more contentious issues that need to be worked through. Unfortunately, reaching an initial agreement does not guarantee that it will be smooth sailing. All too often parents either do not follow custody and visitation guidelines or do not make child support payments as required. When the latter happens, custodial parents can find that they areContinue reading

Excessive consumption of alcohol tied to higher rates of divorce

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. There are many reasons couples throughout the Chicago area decide to end their marriages with a divorce. Commonly cited reasons include disputes over the way that money is handled, infidelity or simply growing apart. According to a recent report, the amount of alcohol each spouse uses could have a bearing on whether a heterosexual marriage survives as well. The report, which was published in an issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, followed almost 20,000 married couplesContinue reading

Man behind in child support told to stop having kids

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Support on Friday, February 15, 2013. Most are probably aware that there are consequences for not paying child support amounts ordered. Recently we wrote about several Chicago area residents who were arrested for failing to do so. A judge in another state has taken extreme measures in response to the nearly $100 thousand a man owes in regard to his four children. The judge ordered the man to not have any more children as a part of the probation he willContinue reading

Couples’ games unhealthy for kids of divorce

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Divorce is not easy for anyone one, but when Chicago couples have kids there’s a little more to worry about. When people are hurt and disappointed about the failure of their marriage, it can be hard for parents not to reveal some of the sour feelings they have been nursing toward their ex-spouse. Still, it is important that parents do their best to try and keep things civil during times when crossing paths is unavoidable. SomeContinue reading

Adopted child to be returned to birth father

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Custody on Friday, February 8, 2013. Historically, fathers throughout the nation, including in the state of Illinois, have had difficulties securing the same rights as mothers when it comes to child custody matters. While in many instances this has manifested in mothers obtaining both physical and legal custody, with fathers obtaining visitation rights, in more extreme cases fathers may not even be granted those. This was the case for a man whose now 2-year-old daughter was put up for adoption whenContinue reading

‘Seven Year Itch’ just one theory for marriage breakups

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. There are undoubtedly some people in the Chicago area who believe that the strength of a marriage is at the mercy of the clock, and sooner or later divorce is inevitable. Those individuals may find their evidence in the 1955 movie, “The Seven Year Itch,” a film that has had both amateurs and experts debating on whether matrimony has a natural shelf life. Many do seem to get restless in their marriage after around seven years.Continue reading

Remarriage requires important financial decisions

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Friday, February 1, 2013. One of the hardest things about going through a Chicago divorce is determining how to handle money matters. But it’s not just a divorce that makes finances sticky. Getting remarried also makes money distribution more complex, and in some cases it can cause hardship for those who don’t take the time to do the math. A new spouse can change a lot of things that many may not initially think about. For example, those who were getting alimonyContinue reading