If you are getting ready to end your marriage and you have kids, you could have various concerns. However, it is especially important to look into child support, whether you expect to receive payments from your child’s other parent or you will have to pay support. In addition to familiarizing yourself with the way in which the state calculates child support, you should also take a look at other issues, such as the penalties associated with missing payments.
Child support is a major divorce-related issue for parents, and it can affect both parents as well as kids years after the divorce process ends.
Factors that affect child support orders
According to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, there are various factors that affect the amount of child support a parent has to pay. The state goes over the income of each parent as well as the number of kids when awarding child support. Child support orders can change if a parent requests modification due to significant financial changes, and the state also reviews orders after three years.
The penalties for failing to pay child support
If a parent does not pay child support, they could face various penalties. Illinois uses several strategies to enforce child support orders, such as bank account seizure, property liens and suspending driver’s license. Moreover, parents who fail to pay support could have their tax refund intercepted and lose their passport privileges.
It is vital to go over these issues when approaching your divorce and dealing with post-divorce family law matters related to child support.