• Locations
    • Chicago Office 77 W. Wacker Drive, 45th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601
    • Lake Forest Office 100 Saunders Rd., Suite 150 Lake Forest, IL 60045
    • Lisle Office 3333 Warrenville Rd.,Suite 200 Lisle, IL 60532

Enforcing Child Support Obligations

A father holding the hand of his little son while going to school represents how a Chicago child custody attorney can help you get support from the other parent.

In most situations where two parents share a child but are not married and do not live together, both parents have a duty to provide financial support of their child. However, the parent with whom the child does not primarily live often must provide financial support for the child through child support payments. But some parents who have a child support obligation might get behind on their payments and go into arrears, meaning they owe past-due child support payments.

Late child support payments can put a financial burden on the recipient parent, especially if the recipient parent depends on that child support to make ends meet for the child. When child support is late, a recipient parent can seek help enforcing their child support order from the court, either by going through the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services’ Division of Child Support Services or by hiring a private child support lawyer.

How Does The Division of Child Support Services Enforce Child Support Orders?

If you owe child support, be prepared because the Division of Child Support Services is coming for those payments! Although this may take a while because the state-run agency Division of Child Support Services has a backlog of claims, the agency will eventually seek payment.

The Division of Child Support Services utilizes a number of techniques to obtain payment from the parent late on his or her child support obligations. The Division of Child Support Services may employ the following techniques:

  • Implement wage garnishment so that the child support obligation is automatically deducted from the paying parent’s paycheck;
  • Seek to have certain federal benefits withheld from the paying parent;
  • Intercept the paying parent’s state and federal tax returns in an effort to recover the child support obligation;
  • Hire a private collection agency to recuperate the child support obligation from the paying parent;
  • Transfer the case to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, which will work to recover the child support obligation from the paying parent;
  • Charge interest on any overdue child support obligation;
  • Initiate contempt of court proceedings against the paying parent for violating their child support court order; and
  • Assert a lien on any real property (land, home, etc.) or personal property (such as a car or boat) owned by the paying parent.

In addition, a private child support attorney can pursue these courses of recovery and may recover the child support obligation more quickly than the Division of Child Support Services.

If you are overdue on your child support payments, taking the steps to pay down or pay off your arrearages is vital to prevent either the Division of Child Support Services or a private attorney from taking enforcement action against you.

Get Help from an Experienced Family Attorney

The team of family attorneys at the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group advocate for many parents seeking to enforce their child support orders and to receive the agreed child support obligation. If you need assistance with recovering overdue child support, we can help. Please call us at (312) 445-8830 to schedule your legal consultation.

There are many factors to consider when contemplating divorce, and a pre-divorce planning session can help you begin to plan for a divorce. Please contact the professionals at the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group by calling (312) 585-6604 or clicking here to schedule a consultation.

Previous Client Experience


“When I needed a family lawyer, I trusted the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group and you can too.” Dr. Debra Thomas – Orthopedic Surgeon – 1988 U.S. Olympic Bronze Medalist”

Debbie Thomas

Schedule An Appointment With One Of Our Caring Lawyers

Contact Us

Women's Divorce & Family Law Group by Haid & Teich

Contact Information

Downtown Chicago/Loop Office
Lake Forest Office
Lisle Office
Lake Forest Office

100 Saunders Rd.
Suite 150

Lake Forest, IL 60045

Lisle Office

3333 Warrenville Rd.
Suite 200

Lisle, IL 60532

Downtown Chicago/Loop Office

77 W. Wacker Drive
45th Floor

Chicago, IL 60601

Copyright 2020 | Women’s Divorce & Family Law by Haid and Teich LLP. | NUVEW All rights reserved | Accessibility Notice |Privacy Policy

Attorney Advertising. This information is designed for general information only. The information presented should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship. Past results and testimonials are not a guarantee, warranty, or prediction of the outcome of your case, and should not be construed as such. Past results cannot guarantee future performance. Any result in a single case is not meant to create an expectation of similar results in future matters because each case involves many different factors, therefore, results will differ on a case-by-case basis. By providing certain contact information herein, you are expressly authorizing the recipient of this message to contact you via the methods of communication provided.


During these unprecedented times, we want to assure you that our attorneys are ready and available to help you with any of your family law needs. Whether you are inquiring about a divorce, custody, or domestic violence situation, we remain committed to our clients and those in need. Indeed, we have been offering remote and tele/video conferencing to clients for over 6 years and are more than prepared to continue our normal work from our homes.

Please note also that Domestic Violence, which is far more prevalent even during normal times than almost anyone would imagine, may be amplified by the external stressors everyone is experiencing right now. Help is available and Emergency Domestic Violence Court remains open. If you are in danger, call 911 and ask for immediate police assistance. Once you are in a safe place, contact us immediately to discuss your legal options to stabilize the situation.

To reach our attorneys working remotely for any reason, you can use the Contact Form located on our webpage or via our main number during regular business hours at: (312) 445-8830.

Call Now Button