Andrews v. Andrews: Trial court modifies the father’s child support obligation despite evidence that he voluntarily quit his job without considering his obligation.
By Laura Morgan, Family Lawyer
Father seeking reduction in child support acted in bad faith, as would prevent reduction, by quitting his job as an engineer to form a church without considering how his greatly reduced income would effect his ability to meet his child support obligation. Mother appeals arguing that trial court erred in modifying father’s child support obligation despite evidence that he voluntarily quit his job without giving consideration to how he would meet his child support obligation required by the parties’ consent order.
Laura Morgan is a Family Law Consultant. Laura is available for consultation, brief writing and research on family law issues throughout the country. She can be reached through her Web site.
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One of the goals of a mediator is to help parents keep the children’s best interests in mind when making decisions. One of the biggest decisions that affect the children in a divorce is the amount of child support that must be paid. The laws in the state of Illinois, for instance, calculate child support according to a straight percentage of the spouse’s “true net” income. The percentage increases depending on the number of children that are involved. However, each state has its own methods for deciding how child support is calculated.