Child support nonpayment is a serious family law issue

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Child support nonpayment is a serious family law issue

Raising children can be a struggle. Not only do they need constant care and attention, but they also require the financial support to raise them and meet their needs. After parents divorce, it can be difficult to provide that support on their own, but unfortunately, numerous parents in Illinois may face family law issues due to a parent not providing child support.

According to statistics provided by the U.S. Census Bureau regarding child support in 2015, over half of custodial parents did not receive the entirety of the support owed to them. In fact, nearly 30 percent of custodial parents did not receive any financial support for their children in 2015. As this information shows, lack of payment is a considerable problem.

Many custodial parents also live below the poverty line. As a result, missing out on child support payments could further hinder their financial situations. Custodial mothers seem to be more affected by this type of situation as 29.2 percent fall at the poverty level, and custodial fathers come in at a rate of 16.7 percent. It was also noted that only about 40 percent of custodial parents living below the poverty line received the entirety of their child support for that year.

A lack of child support could pose a considerable family law issue for many Illinois parents. Luckily, they may have options for dealing with this type of situation. They may be able to review and modify their current support order in hopes of bolstering their chances of actually receiving payment, or they may have legal options for seeking payment from the owing parent. In order to understand how to potentially deal with such a situation, interested parties may wish to consult with knowledgeable attorneys.

Source: bloomberg.com, “Less Than Half of U.S. Parents With Child Custody Get Funds“, Vincent Del Giudice, Jan. 30, 2018

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