Child support drama continues 34 years after divorce
When a couple with young children divorces, one parent will most likely be required to pay child support in order to ensure that the financial needs of the children will continue to be met after the divorce is finalized with their fl divorce lawyer.
In Illinois, child support is important for many custodial parents because it contributes toward paying the expenses that go along with raising a child such as food, housing and clothing. If a parent who has been ordered by the court to pay child support fails to do so, the custodial parent does have a right to legally pursue the payments they are entitled to.
One battle regarding unpaid child support has been brought to the court once again after 34 years. The case involves a couple who divorced in the 1970s. They were married for 17 years and now have three grown children. However, the woman never received a child support judgment she was owed by her ex and she is determined to collect the child support she needed over 30 years ago when raising her children.
When the couple divorced in 1977, the woman’s ex-husband agreed pay $14,393.57 for child support in their divorce settlement. However, the judgment was never paid and the couple has been fighting over the legal issue since. The woman claims that she was forced to go on welfare because she never received the money. With interest, the judgment now totals nearly $100,000.
The 75-year-old woman recently called her ex-husband, a retired carpenter, in an attempt to resolve their dispute over the unpaid child support. She said that she “begged him to settle” but he hung up the phone on her.
Explaining that all she wanted was justice, the woman gave testimony before a Supreme Court justice. Her lawyer said that under normal circumstances, a judgment dating back so many years would not be enforceable. However, in the case of an unpaid child support judgment, the payment may still be enforced.
The case is pending before the court.