Single mom in Illinois owed $17,000 in back child support

Child support is an issue that must be addressed by divorcing parents inevitably. Illinois law sets guidelines for establishing child support obligations. Courts always take things such as the noncustodial parent’s income and the number of children between the spouses into consideration. Courts might also take into account any special needs or circumstances that exist in the specific situation.

Following a divorce, a custodial parent who is not receiving child support payments as ordered has several different means to enforce the child support order. Potential ways to collect child support include garnishing paychecks, suspending driver’s licenses and intercepting tax refunds. In the most serious of cases, the failure to pay child support can result in the non-paying parent being held in contempt of court. The non-paying parent would then potentially face jail time.

The story of one single mom in Illinois serves as an example of the importance of enforcement of child support orders. Her ex-husband owes her more than $17,000 in child support. She has been in a dire financial situation for years-filing for bankruptcy, borrowing money from family and collecting thousands of dollars in medical debt.

She is one of millions of custodial parents in America whom is owed some kind of child support. According to the most recent data available, more than $35 billion was owed nationally in child support in 2009. In Illinois alone, there are currently over 500,000 child support cases.

Illinois encourages noncustodial parents to contact the court of financial hardships, which may be able to influence their ability to maintain current on child support payments. The state also makes an effort to get as much voluntary commitment as possible to work out a payment agreement with the noncustodial parent.

Source:, “Chase for child support,” Lawerence Synett, Nov. 14, 2012

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Single mom in Illinois owed $17,000 in back child support