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Child support frustrations for Illinois father

One Illinois father and his wife are finally starting to see the light at the end of the child support tunnel. But this is only after years of frustration and complications where the man was paying his ex-girlfriend child support for his twin daughters, yet the state was messing up what he owed and how much he should be paying.

Looking back at what happened, the Illinois father was paying child support for more than 10 years to his ex-girlfriend. Everything was running smoothly until 2009 when his ex-girlfriend moved to Mississippi. This was after she already moved several times between different states.

For some reason, even though the father was paying child support, the state of Mississippi reported there was a $900 deficit on what he owed. At this point, still not questioning what was going on, the father agreed to pay the $900. The deficit was paid off by an increase in what he was paying in child support, sometimes by as much as $95 a week.

However, once the deficit was paid off, no new child support order was created, which meant the father kept paying the additional amount each week.

Around this time, the child support also stopped being sent directly to the state of Mississippi to distribute the money to his ex-girlfriend. Rather, it was going directly to his ex-girlfriend, which meant the state did not realizing he was paying. By July the state claimed he owed more than $5,000 in child support, even though he was really still paying -- in fact, overpaying.

This was when the husband and his wife ran into serious complications, with his wife claiming no one from the state would issue a new child support order or return their phone calls.

After much hassle and frustration, the issue was recently partially fixed by the state of Illinois agreeing to pay the father back the overpayment. However, since a new child support order has not been created, the father may still have more hurdles to jump through.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Problem Solver: Child support case becomes a hot mess," Jon Yates, Nov. 18, 2012

  • Of course not all child support cases in Illinois are as complicated as discussed in this post. But, this father's story does go to show the importance of hiring an attorney when working through child support agreements. To learn more, visit our Illinois child support page.

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