Child support is an important financial obligation that parents must fulfill to ensure the well-being of their children. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, parents in Illinois who fall behind on payments could face a 9% interest on all overdue balances.
The importance of staying on track with payments will not only prevent a huge growing debt but also help a person avoid further collections. Illinois has several methods in place to help collect overdue payments and ensure that children receive the financial support they deserve.
Withholding money from paychecks
One effective method for collecting overdue support is income withholding. This process involves deducting the owed amount directly from the delinquent parent’s paycheck. Employers are legally obligated to comply with income withholding orders. This method helps guarantee consistent payments and reduces the risk of further delinquency.
Revoking driving privileges
If a parent accumulates a significant amount of overdue child support, officials may suspend his or her driver’s license for the duration of the default period. If parents bring their accounts current, they can reinstate their licenses.
Instituting liens or seizing assets
The state has the authority to place liens on the property and assets of parents who are in arrears. Any real estate or other valuable assets owned by the delinquent parent may be subject to a lien, and the Child Support Services division can seize these assets to cover the outstanding debt.
Taking tax refunds
If a parent is behind on their payments, the state can redirect their tax refund as payment. This may happen at the federal and state levels.
Suspending professional licenses
State officials can suspend or deny various professional and occupational licenses, such as those for healthcare, law and real estate, held by a delinquent parent. The threat of losing one’s professional license can motivate parents to fulfill their child support obligations.
The state of Illinois has implemented several effective methods to collect overdue child support and ensure that children receive the financial support they need. These tactics can help to motivate parents to meet their child support responsibilities.