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Roadblocks in the Child Support Process and How an Attorney Can Help

Any parent undergoing a divorce is already well aware of its effects on everyone involved in the process. Separation brings with it an emotional, mental, and even physical toll on the whole family, and every parent faces different circumstances and challenges when it’s time to seek child support.

One aspect that tends to add another layer of worry to filing for divorce is the task of obtaining financial security from a former spouse or partner for the children. For some, child support is a smooth, amicable process that runs seamlessly from start to finish, but for many parents, it can be a messy, time-consuming chore that only adds to the family tension.

Some common roadblocks you might encounter when filing for child support include:

  • Failure to pay;
  • Late payments, or payments that fall behind;
  • The inability to locate the non-custodial parent;
  • Issues identifying the non-custodial parent’s employment details or verifying income; and
  • Problems confirming paternity.

While these roadblocks can be troublesome, Illinois state has made it possible for children who live both in and outside of the state to receive child support, and neither parent is required to be signed up to receive public assistance. In addition, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services is able to help you locate the non-custodial parent and even confirm paternity, if necessary.

The key to tackling these potential roadblocks is to work with a private, experienced attorney who can work with you and on your behalf with the state to ensure your family’s needs are properly addressed and met.

Here are a few ways a family law attorney can help make sure you receive the financial assistance you need on a consistent, reliable basis:

  • Mediate and work with the state to ensure the non-custodial parent’s employment information is tracked and verified;
  • Assist with the Income Withholding Notice process (the primary way the state secures child support funds from a parent);
  •  Assist with any troubles that might arise due to late payments or failure to pay, such as taking action to suspend the delinquent parent’s professional licenses or placing a lien on their personal property; and
  • Answer any questions or concerns you have during the child support process.

Addressing the need for child support payments can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to face the challenge alone. Contact an experienced Wheaton family law attorney, who has the knowledge and experience to give you and your family peace of mind. Call 630-868-3093 to schedule a confidential consultation with Keller Legal Services, P.C.

Sources:

http://www.illinois16thjudicialcircuit.org/Pages/familyLaw.aspx

http://childsupportillinois.com/customers/apply.html