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 are seeking to enforce such agreements in the court of law. These proceedings can be drawn out and impact a variety of type of individuals. In the alternative, parents who are unable to make the child support payments may find that they are back in court seeking a modification.
Politicians are not immune from this. Former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh for the state of Illinois knows this all too well. In the past Walsh has been in the news for his alleged failure to make child support payments. Earlier this month he made news for this reason once again. He filed a request to reduce the amount of child support he pays each month, which currently stands at $2,134. The reason behind the request is unsurprisingly, the claim that he does not make enough money each month to cover the obligation.
Walsh, whose youngest child turns 18 in May, lost the most recent election this past fall. Since his replacement took office Walsh has been unemployed. This lack of employment is reportedly what prompted him to seek to reduce the monthly payment down to 20 percent of his total income. He believes that he will soon be employed once again.
Walsh’s ex-wife is upset by the request. She believes that having been aware of the fact that he would have to evacuated his office, he should have planned ahead to cover the costs. This could have been accomplished by either securing another job more quickly or putting away money.
Source: Huffington Post, “Joe Walsh Child Support: Ex-Tea Party Rep Says He Can’t Afford Payments Post-Congress,” Feb. 12, 2013