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For many Illinoisans, having a baby is one of the greatest moments of their life. The newfound life can bring great joy and purpose. But that milestone can become a painful wound if the parents have to endure an acrimonious breakup that centers on the child. Take, for example, Liam Gallagher, the singer for Oasis, and the mother of his child.

The two have been embroiled in a child support contest for a while now. So long in fact that the judge overseeing their case appears to be getting fed up. The court recently ordered the singer to attend a deposition to discuss why he has not reached a settlement agreement with the mother and why he has not been making his child support payments. The singer has reportedly turned down three settlement offers already.

The child-support strife is just one of the singer’s family-law troubles. The singer is also in the midst of divorcing from his wife of five years. That divorce process, according to Gallagher’s lawyer, is complicating the child-support case.

For Illinoisans who, like Gallagher, find themselves in a child-custody dispute, the singer’s case highlights that divorce and child support can be messy and may take time. To help smooth that process, Illinoisans may benefit from discussing their case with an experienced family-law attorney. That discussion addresses not only the legal issues that the parents are presently facing, but also the legal challenges that are likely to arise in the future. Keeping one eye on the present and the other on the future is essential for finding solutions that will benefit you and your family for years to come.

Source: Parent Dish, “Liam Gallagher ordered by New York judge to agree child support for love child,” Keith Kendrick, Oct. 1, 2014