Child support calculations consider many factors, and failure to pay is serious. Child support warrants were recently filed in neighboring Cook County, Illinois. November is Child Support Awareness Month in Cook County. According to the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, child support warrants are sometimes filed when child support payments are missed. Warrants are also sometimes filed when a required DNA test is missed or salary increases are not reported. Some individuals in Illinois have accumulated $18,000 to $37,000 in unpaid child support payments, and warrants were issued in those cases.
In general, child support is based on the child’s needs, the income and needs of the custodial parent, the paying parent’s income and ability to pay and the child’s standard of living prior to any separation or divorce. While some standard guidelines for exist under the federal Child Support Enforcement Act, child support guidelines vary by state. This formula and factors will be used to determine at what amount the support order will be set. These factors will be reconsidered whenever a child support agreement modifications are sought.
Once the court enters the child support order, it uses this order to note the parties to the support agreement, the amount of monthly child support, the method of payment and penalties for failure to pay. Punishments for failure to pay can include wage garnishment, interception of tax refunds, seizure of property, the imposition of fines, license suspension or even jail time. Jail time sometimes follows a contempt of court ruling against the non-paying parent.
Child support determinations are performed with care to best meet the needs of the child. There are serious penalties for failure to pay child support.
Source: TinleyParkPatch, “Wanted for Child Support Delinquency, Nov. 9,” Lauren Traut, Nov. 9, 2012