Child support is a payment made by one parent to another for the care of their children. Generally, this payment goes to the spouse who has the children in their custody more often.
Child support is a necessary support for children of divorced or separated families. Unlike in a married family, children of divorce do not always live in a two-parent household. They may not have the same opportunities as other children as a result of the lack of a second parent's income.
Child support is sometimes seen as a necessary evil among some parents. They know they need to take care of their children, and doing so requires that they pay an ex-spouse each month. The problem some people have with child support is not knowing where the money is being spent.
It is possible to be arrested if you don't pay child support. It can result in serious penalties to you and can even end up causing you to go to jail.
No matter how much you earn, or don't earn, there is never a time when it's appropriate not to take care of your child. This also applies to child support.
Unpaid child support obligations aren't something that parents in Illinois should ignore. The penalties for being a "deadbeat" parent are severe.
Some changes in life affect us for a short, definitive period, while others have long-term or permanent effects. For this reason, when a parent requires a modification to his or her child support obligations, an Illinois family law court will seek to determine how long the need is for to see if a permanent or temporary child support modification is required.