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State Tells Parents who are Behind on Child Support to Pay Up

By Leslie Fineberg on January 16, 2015

Chicago Family LawWhen a parent falls behind on child support payments, the government has ways to help the custodial parent to get that money. For example, if someone is overdue on child support and then wins a significant amount of money at a local casino, the authorities can step in and collect those winnings. According to a news report in The Chicago Sun Times, The Child Support Intercept program collected over $120,000 in gambling winnings from delinquent parents since it began in the fall of 2014.

The Child Support Intercept program is a coordinated joint effort between the Illinois Gaming Board and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. They have the authority to intercept winnings once they become aware that someone who owes money on child support has earned enough to fill out a W2G tax form. A specified maximum is withheld after taxes and that amount can be sent to the family.

This is just one of many ways in which a custodial parent can obtain child support from a delinquent parent. If your ex is behind on payments, you can work with an Illinois family law attorney to ask the court for unpaid child support. If the court agrees and finds that the non-custodial parent has not paid the child support, the court can choose how much the non-custodial parent must pay you. That is called an arrearage.

You can also send a notice to withhold income for support. This means that the non-custodial spouse will have money taken straight from his or her paycheck. As a custodial parent, you can even send a new notice to withhold income for support to the non-custodial parent and their employer that includes how much was missed and how much must be paid to make up for missed support.

There are a number of options to help custodial parents and their children get the support they need. If you need help obtaining the child support you are due, please do not hesitate to discuss your options with an Illinois family law attorney.

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