Why child support payments may be terminated

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Friday, February 22, 2019.

Illinois parents with child support obligations could face negative consequences if they fail to make full payments. This is true even if a custodial parent withholds visitation or otherwise interferes with the relationship between the noncustodial parent and child. Generally speaking, the courts see child support and child custody or visitation issues as two separate matters. Therefore, a parent would need to go to court to remedy any visitation issues.

Those who are having a hard time keeping up with their current support obligations could ask for a child support modification order. This may be granted if a parent has lost a job or is experiencing some other financial difficulties. Child support could also be terminated if a child is emancipated. However, a court will determine if a child is mature enough to be on their own before granting such a request. In some cases, child support orders will remain in effect if it’s possible the child might ask for assistance after emancipation.

Ideally, parents will work together to resolve any issues related to supporting the child’s needs. When making any sort of child custody, visitation or support ruling, a judge will use the child’s best interest as a standard.

Most jurisdictions make child support enforcement a top priority. Therefore, parents who have not made child support payments as ordered could be at risk of serving jail time or losing a drivers license. They could also face financial penalties such as interest on an unpaid support debt. An attorney may help a parent rectify any issues related to past due child support. This may allow an individual to provide for a child without facing a significant financial hardship.

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