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Child support agreements made outside of court

When Illinois parents of minor children decide that they no longer want to remain married, they must come to an agreement on child support. Two common ways to do this include informal negotiations and alternative dispute resolution processes. Both of these options occur outside the traditional courtroom setting, potentially making it easier for parents to work together for the benefit of their children.

Finding noncustodial parents for child support purposes

Some noncustodial parents of children in Illinois fail to pay child support, and locating them can sometimes be difficult. When custodial parents are trying to find the noncustodial parents, they can use some of the services that are provided through their state child support agencies.

Changes in Illinois child support calculations

Most non-custodial parents living in Illinois understand their obligation to support their children financially. In situations where parents cannot agree on an acceptable support payment amount, it is up to the courts to calculate the noncustodial parent's financial contribution. State law has been changed to allow for a different method of calculating these payment amounts.

Disabled parents and child support

When Illinois parents of young children divorce, the parent who does not have primary physical custody may be required to pay child support. Most parents take their financial responsibilities to their children seriously. However, sometimes life circumstances can make it difficult to pay child support. The circumstances include an illness or injury that makes it difficult to earn a living.

Federal law punishes deadbeat parents who move

After child support orders are issued in some Illinois cases, the parents who are ordered to pay child support try to do everything that they can to avoid their obligations. Some parents try to evade their child support orders by moving out of state. When they do, they may be punished under federal law.

Child support rules for inmates revamped

Illinois parents who have custody of their children may be interested to learn that, based on new regulations that were issued by the Obama administration on Dec. 19, noncustodial parents who are incarcerated may be allowed to lower their child custody payments. Essentially, the rules were intended to help inmates avoid crippling debt that could cause them to become re-incarcerated.

Better outcomes for children with child support

Some single parents in Illinois may struggle to support their children on a single income and might not even have a formal child support agreement in place. According to a forthcoming paper, in 2014, only 49 percent of eligible parents had made a formal child support agreement with the other parent. In 2004, 60 percent of parents had a formal agreement. While the federal Child Support Enforcement Program is doing a better job in recent years of getting more money for more families in its system, it is serving a lower percentage of families.

Electronic child support processing updates

The ability to manage financial issues electronically can be a huge help to Illinois residents and businesses. Recognizing the advantages of online child support processing, the Office of Child Support Enforcement is preparing to make an updated web portal available to businesses using this avenue for handling payment and reporting. The new page is expected to be available in mid-2017 and will hopefully add to the current 214 businesses using the system on a national scale.

How states determine child support

Some Illinois residents may have heard the amount of child support that One Direction's Louis Tomlinson had to pay to his ex-fiancée. Since his net worth is estimated to be between $20 to $50 million, media reports say that he makes payments of upwards of five figures each month. Although some may consider this a high amount, courts look at several factors and use different tools to determine how much an individual should pay.

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