Divorces with minor children can be extremely complex. Not only do Michigan couples need to find a way to divide marital property and assets but they must identify legal custody and physical custody of their children as well as child support agreements, visitation plans and more. Even after decisions are reached or judgments provided by the court, there can still be challenges if one spouse does not adhere to the stipulations.
Such is the case for an Illinois woman who was supposed to receive child support from her former husband after their divorce but has been fighting to obtain her payments for several years. The ex-husband is a chiropractor and failed to make his child support payments. According to Illinois law, if a spouse does not pay due child support, his or her earnings can be garnished or withheld by the payor. This does not necessarily mean a direct employer but any entity that is a source of income.
In this situation, the husband is a chiropractor and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois is his primary payor. The ex-wife has been attempting to receive back payments for child support, alimony and health insurance for she and her three children from BCBS, despite an appellate court order that the company comply.
While the laws surrounding child support or alimony payments vary from state to state, this case illustrates some of the challenges that can arise. Working with an experienced family law attorney can help to understand your rights and allow you to do what is in the best interests of the child.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “Woman battling Blue Cross over child support,” Lisa Black, September 1, 2013