Enforcement of Orders in Illinois
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Child support can be one of the most difficult matters to establish when it comes to divorce or separation. Here at the Law Offices of Benedict Schwartz, II P.C., our Kane County divorce lawyers are prepared to assist you with any matter pertaining to child support and the enforcement of orders. We take a client-centered approach to every case we handle, so you can rest-assured that if you retain our firm’s services, you can receive the individualized attention and effective counsel you deserve.
What are the Illinois child support requirements?
Under Illinois law, both parents are obligated to provide financial support for their children. This includes payment that is necessary to provide for the child’s education, as well as their mental, physical, and emotional needs. Whether the couple is divorcing or were never legally married, once the relationship ends, they will have to get an official child support order. In Illinois, the amount of child support that will be paid is determined according to a percentage of the paying parent’s net income and the number of children there are.
If the parents are unable to agree on child support, they will have to go to court and have a judge set the terms for them. If the couple is able to collaboratively come up with an agreement on their own, they will have to convert the agreement into an official child support order. That way, if the parent responsible for making child support payments does not pay, the other parent can go back to court or a local agency and ask for help in enforcing the order and collecting the payment.
Enforcement of Child Support Orders by the DCSS
The Illinois Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) strives to provide services based on the applicable state and federal laws. The DCSS utilizes an administrative process to perform a variety of services, including a payment processing center that accepts checks from paying parents, and issues funds to receiving parents. In addition, the DCSS enforces existing child support orders.
The DCSS implements certain methods to zone in on parents who are not making their scheduled child support payments. In doing so, the organization aims to prevent families from experiencing poverty. The organization has the power to implement enforcement measures if paying parents are not meeting their obligations. However, the DCSS may be backed up with cases, in which instance parents may find it easier to retain a family lawyer that can go to court and ask for the enforcement of an order on the child’s behalf.
If you are facing a complication that pertains to the enforcement of orders, our team is prepared to assist you. Throughout our four decades of practice, we have handled thousands of unique family law cases, and could be able to hold your spouse accountable for their end of the agreement. If you would like to set up a free initial consultation with our Kane County family lawyers, be sure to contact our firm today!