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DuPage County child support enforcement attorneysIf you are a single parent entitled to child support, you have probably come to rely heavily on these funds. Whether it is child care, groceries, educational or extracurricular activities, or other costs, raising a child is expensive. When a parent does not receive his or her child support, it can be hard to make ends meet. Furthermore, child support orders are legally binding court orders. A parent cannot simply choose to stop payments. If a parent fails to meet his or her child support obligation, he or she can be charged with contempt of court and face other serious consequences.

Enforcing a Child Support Order

In order for a child support arrangement to be enforceable, it must be officially ordered by the court. If you and your child’s other parent had an informal child support arrangement, you will need to take the steps to establish a formal child support order. If the legal paternity of your child has not been established and you want to collect child support from your child’s father, you will need to establish paternity before you can collect child support.

Court-mandated child support payments are not optional. If your child’s other parent is not paying court-ordered support, you have two basic options. You may contact the Illinois Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) and initiate an enforcement action through this agency or you may enforce the child support order through the Illinois court system. The latter option may help you receive a favorable outcome more quickly than going through the DCSS, but the option you choose will be based on your unique situation and needs.

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DuPage County Family Law Attorneys

When a judge creates a child support order, the payments must arrive every month until the child reaches adulthood or is emancipated, adopted by a stepparent, or joins the U.S. military. 

Life circumstances often change. People gain and lose employment, marry, and divorce, and health fluctuates up and down, all of which can have a significant impact on the financial well-being of a household. For many divorced parents, it is likely that at some point during the duration of child support payments, the order may require child support modification.

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Naperville child support lawyersIf a divorcing couple has children, it is more likely than not that child support will be ordered payable by one parent (also called the obligor). However, depending on a number of factors, the court may arrive at a number with which the obligor is unhappy. While it is possible for an obligor to show that the support burden placed upon them is inequitable, doing so is very difficult, and attempts to shirk payments or otherwise avoid responsibility are not favorably looked upon by family courts.

The Child Support Formula

Illinois’ child support formula has undergone significant modifications in recent years. The formula was modified in early 2016, and again in 2017. The current formula is an “income shares” model as opposed to the single-parent model of before. This can mean that many may be confused about the process used to arrive at the amount they must pay. In the past, “hard percentages” were used, and only the obligor’s income was considered. An income shares model factors in both parents’ income as well as the amount of parenting time each parent enjoys. Considering such issues is simply more equitable than relying on a just one parent’s income.

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