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.
While you may be tempted to deny the request to pay and simply avoid making payments, doing so could actually create even more problems for you. In fact, it could jeopardize your ability to see your children altogether. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, some of the consequences you could experience if you choose not to pay child support includes the following:
- Your credit could be affected if your child support debts are reported to credit bureaus.
- Your income could be withheld.
- Your tax refunds could be confiscated.
- Your passport could be denied, making traveling impossible.
- You could be given a lien on your property.
When you are aware of the consequences for not making child support payments on time, you may be more motivated to continue payment even if the situation is less than ideal. Being vigilant about making payments is an excellent way to establish your integrity and demonstrate why you should be given more time with your children. For more information about divorce and child custody, visit our web page.