Two unusual child support sentences recently handed down

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Friday, January 18, 2013.

In recent months there have been two cases stemming from unpaid child support that have resulted in rather unusual sentencing guidelines. For fathers living in Illinois, the outcomes of these cases only stresses the importance of having a full understanding of how child support works and making sure it is paid on time. If it is believed this is going to be a problem, this concerns need to be raised immediately.

In the most recent case, earlier this week, a father was ordered to not only not have any more children until he is caught up on his child support payments, but he also must tell a woman within three minutes of meeting her that he is a convicted felon and is behind on child support payments.

This sentence was handed down to the 28-year-old father after he pleaded guilty to felony charges related to not paying child support for more than 120 days in 2011.

In looking at this case, this sentence is similar to a case handled last month where a father was ordered to not procreate anymore until he can financially take care of the nine children he already has. However, in this case there was not the extra component of notifying those women he meets of his criminal background.

Going forward, it will be interesting to see if judges continue to hand down sentences that impact whether a father is legally allowed to have more children.

For Illinois fathers, if for some reason making child support payments is becoming increasingly more difficult, do not wait until the payments are late. Rather, contact an attorney with experience handling child support cases in order to learn more about possible modifications to existing orders.

Source: The Associated Press, “Wisconsin man in child support case ordered not to have more children,” Jan. 17, 2013

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