Illinois readers may be interested to learn about a new bill that is in the state Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill is about child support and is focused on making changes to the rules regarding paternity for some in our state. The bill is at least temporarily on hold while the agency tasked with child support in our state weighs in on this issue.

The bill was drafted by an Illinois legislator after officials learned about a man who is seeking to have his child support obligation overturned. His request is due to the fact that he has only recently learned that the now 13-year-old child at the center of the issue is not his biological child. At issue is the state statute of limitations, noting that a parent has two years to file a petition regarding paternity, a step not taken by the man in this child support matter.

The man was scheduled to appear at a paternity test in 2001 for the child for whom he pays child support. He failed to appear at that time and only learned of a potential issue with the paternity of the child in 2011. It is unclear how federal law may apply to this child support case.

Like other non-custodial parents in Illinois, the man in this case was ordered to make child support payments for the boy each month to the custodial parent. When he learned of the parentage issue, he took action to stop the court ordered payments. Now he must wait to learn if the process will allow him to end the child support that he owes for a child that is not his own. If a person in our state finds that they are in a similar situation, they may wish to review the applicable law and procedure to ensure that they are not subject to unnecessary child support orders.

Source: The News-Gazette, “Child-support bill stalls,” Tom Kacich, March 5, 2013