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Failing to pay child support could mean consequences for you

You have just been issued a recommendation for child support that you will be paying continuously to your ex-spouse in order to help provide for the cost of living of your children in Illinois. While you had planned on paying some money, the outcome was not what you had hoped for and you are being asked to pay more than you anticipated. At Essig Law Office, we have helped many divorcing couples to reach an amicable agreement in regards to the custody and care of their children. 

Domestic disturbances over child support

Child support can generate a number of concerns, from a parent’s inability to pay what they owe to legal hurdles related to the establishment of a child support order. It can be hard for parents to work through these challenges, but both parties should strive to avoid unnecessary complications and an outcome that is in their child’s best interests. Unfortunately, there are a number of reasons why child support can lead to a domestic disturbance, in which case it is vital for those involved in a dispute to carefully handle the situation.

Understanding how courts calculate child support payments

For divorcing couples in Illinois who have had children together, the idea of continuing to raise their children without a martial relationship can be exceptionally stressful and difficult to balance. Often, parents may be required to make child support payments to contribute to the financial necessity of raising their children and all of the costs associated with each child's schooling and extra-curricular activities.

Will a judge order an unemployed parent to pay child support?

If your spouse is unemployed and you are headed for an Illinois divorce, you may wonder whether you will receive any child support at all. Even when there are no earnings to factor in, your child's other parent will probably still have to contribute to the expenses of raising your child. According to the Illinois statutes, there are a number of sources of income that are used in the calculation of child support.

If you cannot pay your child support payment

As the noncustodial parent, you have been making your child support payments regularly since your divorce was finalized in Illinois. However, you suddenly find yourself unable to make the payments. We at the Essig Law Office understand that the state has protection in place for those whose altered circumstances mean they cannot pay the original child support amount.

Can unpaid child support affect passport applications?

Many people realize that unpaid child support can affect families in a variety of negative ways, from creating financial hardships for children and custodial parents to the treat of arrest and tax refund interception. If you are obligated to make child support payments, it is also important for you to bear in mind that falling behind on child support could disrupt your life in other ways. In fact, some people in Illinois may be unable to apply for a passport due to their child support delinquency.

How you can be an effective non-custodial parent

If you and your spouse have chosen to pursue a divorce in Illinois, you may have begun to face the uncertainty of parenting the children you have had together. Often, primary custody is awarded to one parent with required visitations requested from the other parent. Your judge will most likely award custody based on factors including the health, financial stability, location and emotional state of you and your spouse. At Essig Law Office, we are familiar with the complications that often accompany divorce proceedings.

Does back child support affect taxes?

Whether you are a non-custodial parent who is obligated to pay child support or you are responsible for raising a child and are not receiving the child support that you are owed, you may be going through different challenges on a daily basis. It is important for parents who are struggling with child support to be aware of some of the consequences that come with child support delinquency. For example, if you have fallen behind on child support in Washington, or another Illinois city, you should know that your taxes could be affected.

Does genetic testing need to be done for child support?

If you are seeking child support in Illinois, you may wonder whether or not the father of your child needs to take a DNA test to prove paternity. The answer to this question depends on many factors, including the circumstances surrounding your child’s birth and your marital status.

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