Matters of child support can turn an otherwise uneventful divorce into a lengthy court battle. Some Illinois parents resent the monthly payments, even though they are normally directed by court order. A town mayor will pay over $1,500 per month in child support after agreeing to a temporary court order. The couple had a prior divorce settlement, but his ex-wife went to court to amend their divorce settlement.

The woman claims her ex-husband hid assets, threatened her and drinks to excess around his children. She is seeking sole custody of their children and child support ordered through the courts. In their 2011 settlement, the court did not order child support. The mayor claimed he paid his wife’s car note, $2,300 a month in alimony, half the children’s expenses and more.

Once the Mississippi court ordered child support, it effectively terminated any extra expenses the mayor was paying for his daughters. The mayor had previously revealed he had altered his payroll documents in an effort to make it appear he was making less money than he actually took in. The case had been set to go to trial, but the couple was able to come to an agreement in the child support matter.

Some Illinois couples going through a divorce may decide not to have child support ordered through the courts. While this may work for some couples, for others it becomes an issue that could likely land them in court. Fortunately this woman was able to take her case to the courts and receive the money she and her children need.

Source: The Republic, “Southaven mayor agrees to temporary child support settlement in divorce,” Nov. 18, 2012