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How does one receive child support in Illinois?

Many people in Illinois are involved with child support orders either on the paying end or the receiving end. Having a child support order in place requires one parent to pay the other parent, but the order by itself does not ensure that the receiving parent will actually get the money. Arrangements need to be made in order for the exchange of money to take place.

This could be done by one parent sending the money directly to the other parent. However, in many cases the paying parent may simply not pay the other parent or pay less than they owe. When this occurs, there is not much recourse for the receiving parent, since they do not have access to the other's bank accounts.

To help guard against that, the money can be taken directly from the paying parent's wages. Employers can be required to pay the state the money instead of paying the employee. The state will then pay the receiving parent. That way the receiving parent is guaranteed to get the child support payment.

This works well when the paying parent is employed by a company, but many people are self-employed or voluntarily unemployed. This makes it almost impossible for the county to intercept wages since the paying parent is paying themselves or not working. If parents in this situation refuse to pay, there are penalties in place to help force the parent to pay.

Some of these penalties include putting the arrears on the parent's credit report, selling the arrears to debt collectors, putting liens on property, intercepting tax refunds, suspending driver's licenses and others. The hope is that the parent will decide to start paying child support as these penalties can be very inconvenient and troublesome for the paying parent.

Many parents in Illinois are ordered to pay child support, but not all of them actually pay it. There are ways for the state to help ensure payment though, so the children receive the financial resources they need. This post is only general information though and not legal advice. Experienced child support attorneys know the law regarding child support and may be help one through the process.

Source: Illinois Attorney General, "Child Support in Illinois" accessed on May 11, 2015

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