Court lets Italian father pay child support in pizza

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Thursday, June 2, 2016.

As the years go by, what was once an affordable child support order may no longer be feasible. For example, say at the time of divorce the noncustodial parent agrees to pay $800 per month to the custodial parent. He or she has a steady job and can afford it.

But then, a few years later, the noncustodial parent loses his or her job. Perhaps he or she gets a new, lower paying job, or becomes unemployed long-term. Despite his or her good intentions, continuing to pay at the same rate has become impossible.

In those situations, instead of simply withholding child support and risking jail time, parents should turn to their attorney for help getting their order amended. However, it is unlikely that an Illinois family court judge will allow you to pay your child support in pizza, as an Italian judge recently did.

According to WGN-TV, the court granted a man’s request to stop paying child support in cash. Instead, he will have the option of providing his former wife food from his “pizza business.” Besides pizza, the ex-wife will also have the option of taking calzones and other meals to feed their child.

Despite the ex-wife’s objections, the judge ruled that the ex-husband did not commit a crime by offering to pay his child support in carb-rich food.

As we said, this is not an arrangement likely to be accepted in Illinois. But it is possible to get a child support order reduced or increased, to better reflect current circumstances.

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