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Failure to Pay Child Support Could Cost You Your Illinois Professional License

By Nottage and Ward on February 1, 2022

State lawmakers in Illinois are committed to ensuring child support is paid as ordered. If a parent fails to provide the child support ordered by the court, the consequences can be very serious, including the loss of your professional license, which can be suspended after 30 days of delinquency. Once the parent receives a notice regarding overdue child support, 60 days are allowed to bring the account current. The delinquent parent also has rights and can request a hearing to contest the notice within 45 days of the notice of delinquency.

Punishments for Failure to Pay Child Support in Illinois

The penalties for failing to keep your child support payments current are extensive, and include:

  • Wage garnishment
  • Property liens
  • Revoked driver’s license
  • Revoked hunting and fishing licenses
  • Revoked occupational licenses
  • Revoked professional license

Child Support Payment Deadlines

A court order for child support is not a minor issue. If you fail to adhere to the order, you can face legal consequences, and if you are 90 days behind in paying child support, your professional license can be revoked – and that is just one of the consequences you could face. If you are unable to pay child support due to significant changes in circumstances, you must seek a modification and get it approved by the court, as the failure to pay will trigger various legal actions that in the end, will cost you more. If the failure to pay is reported after a 30 day delinquency, you will have 60 days to bring the child support current.

Professional License Suspension and Revocation after Failure to Pay Child Support

The types of professional licenses that are subject to revocation include medical, nursing, dental, chiropractor, physical therapy, social worker, pharmacist, and others. Once your license is revoked, your career, income, and reputation are at stake. It is imperative that legal action is taken to protect your right to continue to practice your profession, and at Nottage and Ward, LLP, we can assist you to manage this challenging situation, and take action to protect your legal right to work in your profession.

Enforcement – When You Need Your Child Support Payments

Our firm can assist parents who are not receiving court-ordered child support. The types of enforcement actions to compel payment. Putting legal pressure on a delinquent parent can be the most effective way to ensure a parent pays his or her fair share for the cost of raising children. The types of enforcement actions available can include garnishing wages, driver’s license suspension, seizing bank accounts, placing a lien on property, seizing tax returns, or seeking the suspension of a professional license. Once suspended, the license holder has a limited time to bring the account current, and often will do so.

The Right Lawyer for Child Support Issues in Chicago

At Nottage and Ward, LLP, we have over 25 years of experience in every facet of family law and are very familiar with the actions to take to retain your professional license when it is at risk, and how to get overdue child support payments paid in full. We are often called upon to represent professionals such as doctors, lawyers, and business owners, and offer a rare breadth of experience to our clients.

Contact us at (312) 332-2915 for more information about professional license revocation and child support, and all other critical child support issues.

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