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.
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:
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.
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.
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