A new bill, stemming from the case of a man who provided support for a child that wasn’t biologically his, has been approved by the senate. The measure comes on the heels of an Illinois child support case that captured the attention of a senator who vowed to help the man seek compensation. The bill has not yet been made law, but it received a unanimous vote from Illinois senators.

According to case records, the man in question had been paying child support for an indeterminate number of years towards the upbringing of a child who DNA testing proved in 2011 was not his son. The petition filed to argue the case did not fall into the two-year statute of limitations imposed by Illinois law, and so the man’s petition failed. He claims he had no legitimate reason to believe the child was not his as of 2001 when he did not appear for a DNA test, but has since had a further test conducted after he met the child in 2011.

If the bill is ratified into law, it will overturn the two-year limitation on child support cases, a move expected to affect only a few Illinois residents. The man in question will be required to submit to another DNA test to prove the child’s parentage lies elsewhere should the law pass. The bill generated some controversy when it was initially proposed, but the 52-0 vote in the Illinois senate suggests the controversy was not bothersome enough to block the move.

Child support can be a complicated arrangement, especially if a child’s parentage is brought into question. This law will change the way child support cases of this nature are handled in Illinois, and may save considerable expense for Illinois residents who may have been wrongly identified as parents. It is important for anyone facing child support issues to remain up-to-date on the status of the state’s laws related to these payments.

Source: News-Gazette.com, “Child-support bill approved,” Tom Kacich, April 24, 2013