While Illinois residents are celebrating summer with family activities, many sheriffs’ departments across the nation are gearing up for deadbeat raids in an effort to snare unsuspecting parents who are behind on child support payments.
Child support debt in the U.S. has increased by 1000 percent, reaching over $114 billion last year. As debt skyrockets, some criminal justice and child support agencies have moved to criminalize it, landing some parents in jail.
While a number of parents may shirk their parental responsibilities, many more simply can’t keep up because of a job loss, under employment, illness or even incarceration itself.
Without a modification to the child support order to reflect a change in financial circumstances, the support meter keeps running unabated with many states tacking on interest upwards of 10 percent annually.
A parent who falls behind on payments even temporarily will quickly find themselves digging out of a much deeper hole of child support debt and may even be subject to serious legal consequences for violating child support orders.
Child Support Modification Due to Job Loss?
Contact an Experienced Illinois Child Support Lawyer For Help
If you are having trouble making your court ordered child support payments because your financial circumstances have changed, it is important to seek help. Contact the Libertyville, Illinois family law offices of Schlesinger & Strauss LLC for more information regarding Illinois child support modifications.