According to Joseph Cordell, founder of DadsDivorce.com, there is a disparity between the child support enforcement and custody enforcement. Cordell argues this disparity tends to show the financial responsibilities of rearing a child is held in higher regard than the emotional connection of a child to a parent. Cordell does make a valid point that a disparity exists in the enforcement of child support orders verses the enforcement of child custody orders.
The Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) helps custodial parents obtain and enforce child support orders. DCSS services are provided free of charge. The DCSS has statutory authority to use special collection tools when noncustodial parents get behind in paying child support.
In Illinois, a court may, in some cases, order parents to contribute to their child's college expenses as part of the child support agreement. Illinois law refers to this as "non-minor support." Non-minor support can cover college expenses such as tuition, room & board, application fees, book fees, and other costs. While it is not a mandatory requirement for parents to pay for their child's college expenses, it is sometimes recommended by judges in Illinois for parents to do so. The following list what factors are considered by the courts as they determine if and how much support must be paid for college expenses.
Child support is often a vital issue in the case of spouses separating. In most divorces where children are involved, payments are usually made by one spouse to the other spouse who has custody of the child. These payments serve to provide basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter for the child, as well as medical expenses and education. It is very important that child support payments be made on the dates, and in the amounts, required by the judge. Failure to pay child support can have serious legal consequences. Here are some of the punishments one may face for unpaid child support.
As a single parent, it is important to be aware of the laws surrounding child support, specifically concerning modification of payments. According to Illinois statute, custodial parents have the right to request an upward modification of child support from their ex, provided there is a "substantial change in circumstances." These requests are most often due to an increase in the income of the parent paying child support. If you are considering requesting a modification on the basis of an income change, the following describe the necessary actions to take in pursuance:
As a couple divorces, there are many options to be considered regarding formulating a co-parenting plan. As we discussed in Part 1 of this 3-part Child Custody blog series, parents can be awarded temporary, permanent, or even de facto custody. Part 2 of the series will discuss the difference between legal and physical custody.
Should child support calculations be revised in Illinois? The state has continued to debate whether child support should be reformed or not even though the Illinois Child Support Advisory Committee said that the state should change how they calculate child support.
As the non-custodial parent, one may find himself needing to decrease his child support payments. A court's grant of this request can be rare; however, there are certain circumstances under which a request may be granted. Such circumstances often include the loss of a job or a change in salary outside of the child support paying parent's control. If you are wondering whether or not you qualify to request a decrease in child support and what steps to take next, consider the following.