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DuPage County child support lawyersWhen making the difficult decision to file for divorce, people are faced with new and turbulent challenges. In many cases, couples with children do not feel that the other parent should maintain a parental relationship with their children, so they attempt to win sole-custody of the minors involved. A sole-custody victory should be celebrated, but independent parenting can be incredibly challenging and expensive. If you are awarded sole-custody of your children, speak with your attorney about the development of a child support payment plan.

The Importance of Child Support

Of the 13.4 million sole-custody parents living in the United States, just under half of them have child support plans in place to help them care for their children. Child support can make a massive difference for single-parents trying to work and raise children at the same time. Here in the United States, the average child support payments amount to $5,774 annually. Unfortunately, very few sole-custody parents in need of child support receive their payments in full.

A study conducted through the use of government child support records found that only 48.5% of child support payments were paid in full, throughout 2013. While just under 30% of sole-custody parents who were owed payments received some portion of the money, an incredible 25% received no payments at all. Receiving your child support payments in full can make all the difference in enabling your family to live the life you deserve.

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DuPage County paternity lawyersIn an alarmingly high number of divorce cases in which the mother is awarded sole-custody, along with child support from the father, the paying parent will look for any means to justify not paying the payments. In fact, approximately 25.9% of sole-custody parents owed child support in 2013 did not receive a single cent from their former partner. One of the most common ways in which fathers attempt to avoid these payments is through the use of a DNA paternity test. If you are fighting for child support and your former partner demands a DNA test, alert your attorney and seek skilled assistance immediately.

Establishing Paternity in Illinois

Here in the state of Illinois, parentage can be established in a number of ways: If both of the involved parties sign a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) form, if the Illinois courts issue an order of paternity, and if an Administrative Paternity order is issued by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.  

If parentage has not been established through any of the measures above, a DNA test can be ordered, either voluntarily or in the courtroom. If parentage is officially established, parents have a responsibility to provide for their children, either through custodial responsibilities or child support payments. Unfortunately, ensuring that you receive the child support payments you deserve can be a complicated process.

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Wheaton child support lawyerAccording to the United States Census Bureau, upwards of 25% of American children under the age of 21 have one parent living outside their primary household. While ultimately, the role of the custodial parent is the most critical aspect of proper childhood development, many children rely on financial support from their non-custodial parent. Child support payments can be crucial in helping a parent pay for essentials such as food, school tuition, school supplies, and many other vital ingredients to a healthy upbringing. 

Throughout the United States, as many as 21.4 million children live with only one custodial parent. If you are expecting to take on the challenge of being a single parent, child support can be monumental in ensuring a financially healthy future for you and your family. Finding competent and experienced legal representation can make all the difference in guaranteeing your family receives the child support you deserve. 

The Truth About Child Support in the United States 

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Child support may seem like a burden to some payers, but receiving parents know the truth. That monthly allotment can make all the difference in the world. It can help to offset the expense of raising a child, and may even help to ensure there is enough money for extracurricular activities, medical bills, or tuition. What do you do, though, when the child's other parent is not paying their court-ordered child support? There are actually a number of options - some of which may be more favorable than others. The following information explains further.

What Not to Do

All too often, receiving parents attempt to take matters into their own hands. They might deny the delinquent parent legal rights, or they may show up at the payer's work or place of residence in an attempt to collect. If there is a court order establishing parenting time for the paying parent, denying them of that right could place the receiving parent in contempt of court. The latter (showing up at their work to demand payment), or other similar actions, are often ineffective methods at best. Instead, receiving parents should pursue legal and effective child support enforcement options.

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The process of getting a child support order from the court can be long and frustrating. However, for many parents getting the child support order is just the first step. Sometimes the real problems come in trying to collect child support.

Who is Responsible for Collecting Child Support?

The court can issue child support orders as part of a paternity case, divorce, or parental responsibilities proceeding. The Child Support Division of the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services (DCSS) can also issue child support orders.

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