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The irony of reform: Child support laws may not support families p2

We are talking about child support and the government's -- both state and federal -- attempts to collect past due support payments. The reforms passed by Congress in 1996 eliminated, for the most part, the problem of noncustodial parents skirting their obligations even if they had the money. These efforts, however, were not quite as successful with parents who could not afford to pay. Even when you consider the economic ups and downs of the past 20 years, including the Great Recession, it still comes as a surprise that more than $113 billion in child support payments is currently right now.

The irony of reform: Child support laws may not support families

Over the past couple of decades, family advocates have had their ups and downs. The good news is that, for the most part, the myth of the Welfare Mom has passed into history. Even the most heated presidential debates no longer rail at these single mothers who are addicted to public benefits, who would rather have more children to collect more welfare checks than have a steady job with a decent wage and a modest benefit package.

When do laws against marrying your father go too far?

Before the Obergefell decision, before Illinois passed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, LBGT couples had to find creative ways to ensure they had the same rights that a married couple would have. They relied on durable powers of attorney that granted them the right to visit their partners in the hospital or to make major medical decisions for one another. They relied on trusts and complicated estate planning tools to make sure their partners did not lose out on death benefits that automatically flow to legal spouses.

Fairness may not be the point in pre-nup battle, p. 2

About 18 months ago, Illinois hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin filed for divorce from his wife Anne Dias Griffin. According to reports at the time, the move came as a surprise to Dias Griffin, but the couple had been living apart for a while. In fact, the Daily Mail reported that Griffin had moved out in 2012 when Dias Griffin was pregnant with their youngest child.

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