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Illinois child support: Woman questions enforcing order

Child support can be a point of contention for many Illinois parents. In many cases it is court ordered, but sometimes parents struggle with the decision on whether another parent should be forced to pay. One woman has posed the question of whether she should take a chance and allow the husband to pay on his own or if she should pursue legal action concerning the child support.

The woman's husband apparently told her that forcing him to pay child support will cause him to hold resentment toward his children. She claims not to know whether it would actually cause him to hold ill will toward their kids or if he is using some type of ploy to get out of court ordered support. Now she is struggling with the question of whether she should take the chance and let him bypass the support order through the courts.

The woman's husband apparently told her that forcing him to pay child support will cause him to hold resentment toward his children. She claims not to know whether it would actually cause him to hold ill will toward their kids or if he is using some type of ploy to get out of court ordered support. Now she is struggling with the question of whether she should take the chance and let him bypass the support order through the courts.

Sometimes extenuating circumstances would prevent child support from being ordered through the divorce decree. When someone is incarcerated or seriously ill, it can prevent support payments from being made. In a situation like that, an application can be made to the court for a downward modification on an existing child support order based upon a showing of a substantial change in financial circumstances. However, for an employed person with no health issues, it may seem strange to not have a support order set up. The majority of parents want their children to be safe, happy and not struggle financially, but it may be best in this situation to speak to someone familiar with child support and divorce.

Single parents in Illinois may need child support payments to help keep the bills paid and food on the table for their children. Not receiving it could cause financial stress for both the parent and child. Parents who don't pay child support could be held responsible and subjected to heavy fines or even jail time.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Q&A: Should mom force dad to pay child support?" Jodie Lynn, Nov. 1, 2012

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