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Needs covered by child support

Parents on either side of child support situations in Illinois may wonder about the types of expenses that can be covered by the amount to be paid. The parent owing support may wonder about issues such as the other parent's accountability for how the funds will be used. The parent receiving support payments may be concerned about the duration of support payments and whether expenses such as college might be covered after a child reaches the age of majority.

Illinois child support enforcement cooperation requirements

Illinois law requires custodial parents who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, medical or food stamp benefits for themselves and their child to cooperate with their child support enforcement office. For child-only benefits cases, those who receive benefits for their child alone is not required to cooperate with enforcement activities

Child support in Illinois

Illinois families who need help obtaining child support may be able to find assistance through the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS). Through their Child Support Program, a family can have access to a variety of services, including help finding the non-custodial parent, withholding income from the non-custodial parent's job or unemployment benefits, enrolling dependents in a health insurance coverage plan, obtaining or adjusting a child support order and establishing paternity.

Modification of an Illinois child support order

An effort to modify a child support order in Illinois may only be made if a state court has already entered an order in the case in question. If this is the case, then one parent may serve another by mail in connection with a request for a modification. Before a parent can be notified, however, it is important to begin the modification process through preparation of appropriate legal forms.

Requirements for cooperation in child support enforcement

Custodial parents who receives help through programs such as AABD Cash, AABD Medical, TANF, Family Assist, Parent/KidCare Assist or KidCare Moms and Babies are required to cooperate with child support enforcement activities. Cooperation means that the custodial parent provides information that can help establish paternity of children receiving assistance. A parent must be willing to testify in court, assist in finding the non-custodial parent or appear to give written or verbal information.

Illinois child support guidelines

In Illinois, a formula is used to determine the amount of child support that should be awarded. This formula primarily factors in the income of the parent who will pay the support and the number of children. Support continues in Illinois until the child turns 18, gets married, joins the military or otherwise does not require the support.

Illinois child support regulations

According to state law, children under the age of 18 are legally entitled to receive support from both parents, and child support is the amount that the non-custodial parent is required to provide until they are an adult or the child becomes emancipated. Emancipation may occur when a child gets married, joins the military, is able to support themselves or moves out of their parent's home and desires independence.

Illinois rapper wanted after missing child support hearing

An arrest warrant was issued for rapper Chief Keef after the 18-year-old failed to appear at a hearing regarding back child support that he allegedly owed to the mother of his 17-month-old child. A petition had been filed by the state in June of 2014 alleging that the man owed more than $10,000 in back child support.

Mother arrested for support non-payment

An Illinois woman was arrested for non-payment of child support, taken to the DeKalb County Jail and then transferred to the Kane County Jail. Her case is unusual from at least two aspects. First, the vast majority of noncustodial parents who are charged with violating a child support order are women. Second, the man who initiated the proceedings is the son of a man who also initiated non-payment charges against a mother in 1994.

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