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Child Support Archives

Child support modification process

Illinois child support orders are not set in stone. According to the Department of Health and Family Services, substantial changes in circumstances can because for a child support modification request. In addition, every case can be modified every three years. Support may be increased, reduced or, in some cases, ended. First, a case must be reviewed, which involves checking into financial information and other related facts, such as employment.

Back child support and the Passport Denial Program

Those who are unable to pay child support may face various consequences, some of which can completely upend life. In Wheeling, and cities throughout Illinois, back child support can result in steep financial penalties and arrest. Moreover, unpaid child support could leave a non-custodial parent unable to use his or her passport if they wish to leave the country. For those who are passionate about travel or need to head overseas for business, this is often devastating.

How is child support supposed to be used?

If you are getting child support in Illinois, you may wonder what exactly the support is to be used for. It is probably likely that you do not get enough support to cover every expense your child has, but this is not how child support is intended to be used anyway. According to the State of Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County, child support is to help with essential expenses. These are things like housing, food and basic clothing. Extra expenses that are not considered essential are not supposed to be covered by child support.

What should I do if I cannot pay my child support?

Child support is a court-ordered obligation. The idea is that you are helping to pay for your children’s needs. Support orders in Illinois are made with a careful examination of your financial situation and that of your child’s other parent, along with the needs of your children. Sometimes, though, situations change, and you may find yourself at a point where you simply cannot afford to pay your child support.

What happens if the parent paying child support is incarcerated?

Child support is a court-ordered responsibility. It is designed to provide for the care of your children. If your child’s other parent is ordered to pay by an Illinois court and then ends up being incarcerated, this responsibility does not change. Parents are expected to pay regardless of their personal situation if there is a child support order. Therefore, if your child’s other parent is detained, this will not affect your ability to get an order for support.  

Child support services in Illinois

After a divorce in Illinois, there may be issues that arise involving the paying or receiving of the court ordered child support. Federally mandated child support services are offered by the Division of Child Support Services to assist those who encounter certain problems. This agency is a part of the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services.

Driver’s license suspension for nonpayment of child support

There are many consequences that people in Lake County face if they fall behind on their child support responsibilities, or they simply choose not to pay them. One of these is the loss of driving privileges. The Illinois General Assembly states that suspension of a driver’s license for the nonpayment of child support can occur once the Secretary of State receives notification.

Apps that help you co-parent

If you are like many other divorced parents in Illinois, you may sometimes struggle with how to communicate with your former spouse. When these struggles involve finances, schedules and more related to your kids, the stress involved can become overwhelming. Additionally, when these conversations move into the realm of being arguments, the conflict that is bred is bad for parents and kids alike. How can you help to avoid these situations?

Items covered by child support in Illinois

Like many parents in Illinois, you may find understanding what child support payments cover and what they do not cover can be confusing. When not well understood, this may lead to additional conflict between you and your former spouse if each person has different expectations and beliefs.

Paying for kids’ college after a divorce

For Illinois parents who get divorced when their children are very young, the thought of paying for college can seem so far away. In many cases, this may even be overlooked during the original divorce settlement process. When the time comes for children to begin their college searches and choosing where they would like to go to school, the logical question about which parent should pay what has to be asked.