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Seeking child support from an ex-spouse in another state

Earlier we reviewed the case of a mother who has spent 25 years trying to get her ex-husband to meet his financial obligations toward his two children. While the two live in different states, one federal law in particular does allow the enforcement of child support across state lines. Let's look a little more closely at how this works.

Challenges with child support enforcement across state lines

Even after parents divorce, they continue to bear financial responsibility for their children. Child support payments as outlined in Illinois state law are not a matter to be taken lightly; delinquent payments not only have a negative impact on the children, they can have serious consequences for the parent who fails to make them. Yet sometimes a custodial parent will find it necessary to take legal action to enforce these payments.

How child support formula changes may help parents

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the average noncustodial parent pays about $430 in child support each month. That translates to about $5,160 a year. However, a change to Illinois law may lower that amount for parents paying child support in the state.

Establishing paternity with DNA testing

When Illinois couples who are unmarried have babies, parentage may later have to be determined if the couples break up and there are custody and child support disputes. An unmarried man is not automatically presumed to be the father of a baby. Instead, his paternity must be legally established for child support to be ordered or for the man to gain custody or visitation rights.

About child support calculators

Illinois parents who have young children and who are contemplating a divorce may question how much child support a non-custodial parent is supposed to pay. Child support calculators found online may offer an estimated amount that is far different from what a judge may order, as they are not as precise as many people may think.

Alternatives for making a child support decision

There are a few alternative dispute resolution procedures as well as more informal types of negotiations available for parents in Illinois who are getting a divorce and who would like to participate in making a decision about child support rather than going through litigation. Parents might choose to negotiate informally to reach an agreement. If they do so without their respective attorneys, they can then have them review it. In some cases, they may allow the attorneys to do the negotiating.

Illinois child support law brings changes

An amendment to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act will result in major alterations to the way child support is calculated. The law, which will go into effect July 1 and which is already being taken into account by some courts, will have a particular impact on non-custodial parents since it brings a new way of calculating how much each parent will be required to pay for their children's expenses.

The effect of emancipation on child support

There are cases in which children can become emancipated, absolving the noncustodial parent of any obligation to provide support. Parents who receive or pay child support should be aware of how the emancipation of their children before they reach the age of majority, which in Illinois is 18, can affect those payments.

Disability does not cancel child support obligations

When a non-custodial Illinois parent becomes disabled and unable to work, it can create financial burdens on the custodial parent as well. If parents paying child support becomes disabled, it does not relieve them of their obligation. With less income coming in, this parent may be forced to pay a lower amount of child support and this could impact the custodial parent's financial situation.

How the DPPA may help a parent collect child support

Illinois parents who are not receiving child support because the other parent has left the state in order to avoid paying may be unaware there is a federal law that could help them collect what they are owed. The Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act is a 1998 law that is specifically designed to punish parents who have traveled out of the state to avoid paying child support.

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