One of the worst things about getting divorced is the fear of potentially losing custody of your children. If you weren't expecting the divorce, you may suddenly find yourself living somewhere else and relegated to weekend visits. Worse still, it's possible that your former spouse may try to withhold visitation or parenting time as a means of punishing you for perceived wrongs during the marriage. When this happens, it can be tempting to just refuse to pay child support until you receive visitation. Even in situations where you are allowed to see and spend time with your children, you may feel like you don't want to pay.
Divorce often brings out the worst in people. Someone who is otherwise rational and decent can behave in utterly atrocious ways when a relationship is ending. Occasionally, this can end up impacting child custody and visitation agreements.
Many couples across the country have either started divorce proceedings or are on their way there. This is a difficult process that can have far-reaching consequences not only for the divorcing adults but also for the children. Custody battles between parents don't make the process any easier. This has led to states across the country, including Illinois, to start making changes to their divorce laws.