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Many Illinoisans who enjoy reality television likely watch Bravo’s panoply of shows featuring former and current housewives and girlfriends of the rich and famous. One of these former housewives (who recently left the show she starred on) and her former husband found themselves in the news recently regarding their child support issues.

The couple recently settled a child support dispute that had lasted more than three years, a period during which the husband reportedly failed to pay child support. According to reports, the former husband will pay his ex-wife $75,000, which is roughly the amount he would have paid had he made the payments on time.

But while the ex-wife will receive a lump sum, the ex-husband managed to cut his child support payments in half for the coming year: down from over $2,000 a month to exactly $1,000 a month. At the end of the year, however, the ex-husband’s child support obligation will revert back to more than $2,000 per month.

As the former Bravo reality star’s experience highlights, child support can be a contentious family law issue. That is true whether a person is on television or just trying to make ends meet. In fact, child support can be an even bigger issue for those struggling to provide for their children.

Because of the importance of child support, Illinois parents who are owed child support, but who are not receiving it, should consider following in the former housewife’s steps and take action to collect the support that they are owed. Lack of payment now does not have to mean lack of payment in the future. Illinoisans, as the housewife’s experience demonstrates, have legal options.

Source: Huffington Post, “Sheree Whitfield’s Child Support Case Settled: Former ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Star To Receive $75,000 From Ex-Husband,” Oct. 22, 2013