When most Illinois residents think about child support, they assume the payments are made to either divorced or non-married parents. However, one woman who was recently required to pay child support is an adoptive mom. The woman made national headlines after sending her adopted son home to his birth country and asking the Russian courts to annul the adoption. The woman has since lost a battle over child support and has been required to pay a significant sum for the boy’s care.

The saga started after the woman adopted a 7-year-old boy from a Russian orphanage. The woman’s family claimed the boy was prone to violent episodes and that they were fearful for their safety. The adoptive mother claimed the agency had misled her about the state of the boy’s mental health and that the boy wanted to murder her. However, the attorney for the adoption agency claims the boy had no violent tendencies.

When the boy showed up with no notice at the child protection ministry in Russia, it caused an uproar and ended with a lawsuit being filed against the woman. The suit alleged a breach of contract and requested child support. The World Association for Children and Parents claims the boy still holds U.S. citizenship and that the woman is still legally his mother. She is now being forced to pay $150,000 in child support.

The woman’s attorney told reporters that he will request that the order either be modified or terminated. A case like this and the astronomical amount of child support ordered can be hard for Illinois parents to fathom. Although this particular case has ties to a foreign country, the implications could be wider reaching. What happens next remains to be seen, but for now, this woman is forced to make child support payments for a child she no longer has.

Source: CNN, “Woman who returned Russian boy must pay child support,” Martin Savidge, July 13, 2012

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