In Illinois, child support can be a cause of conflict between two parents who are going through the process of divorce. In most cases, child support obligations come to an end when the child reaches the age of 18 or becomes emancipated -- for example, he or she marries or joins the military. In one recent out-of-state case, well-known and recently divorced singer Stevie Wonder has been ordered to pay a whopping $25,000 in child support.
Wonder and Kai Millard Morris, his second wife, finalized their divorce on a recent Monday. They had initially filed for divorce in 2012. The two individuals will share custody of the two boys they had together, ages 10 and 14.
In addition, Wonder will be responsible for the child support costs. Wonder has a total of nine kids from five women. His youngest child was born in Dec. 2014; named "Nia," he had her with his current girlfriend, Tomeeka Robyn Bracy.
In Illinois, courts typically follow statutory child support guidelines, although a deviation may be necessary if two parents share joint physical custody of the kids. A modification of an existing child support order may also be granted down the road if either one of the parents' life situations change substantially, and the court determines that a change in the amount of child support being paid is necessary under the circumstances. Each party has the right to rely upon legal counsel to pursue a fair outcome and ensure that their rights are protected in court when addressing child support matters.
Source: upi.com, "Stevie Wonder divorced, expected to pay $25,000 a month in child support", Wade Sheridan, Oct. 7, 2015