The obligation to pay child support does not stop once an individual becomes incarcerated. A survey conducted in 2010 reported that 51,000 federal prisoners had child support requirements, and 29,000 of those prisoners were delinquent on those payments. Incarcerated individuals in Illinois and the rest of the country may benefit from recent regulations issued by the Obama administration to curtail state policies that can result in substantial child support debts for prisoners.
Fans of Daytime Emmy Award winner and television personality Sherri Shepherd may be interested in knowing that she may soon be heading back to family court. According to reports, the Illinois native's former husband and father of the ex-couple's young son, Lamar Sally, is seeking an increase in child support as well as an additional $75,000 in order to cover his associated legal fees.
If an individual in Illinois or any other state is behind on their child support, they may face penalties under the Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984. The legislation gives districts attorneys and state attorneys generals power to pursue payment on behalf of those who are owed back support. If payments are not made, noncustodial parents could be subject to jail time.
A large number of children in Illinois live in homes headed by single parents. The trend for children to be born to unmarried parents has increased over time, and today, around 40 percent of all babies that are born are born to unmarried people. In 2000, around one-third of all children who were born had parents who were unmarried.
The amount of child support payments ordered by Illinois courts is determined primarily by the income of the spouses. This is termed 'income driven" child support. This makes it very important for parents to understand what constitutes income under the law. While some income sources may be obvious, many others are less so.
During divorce proceedings, one parent may be ordered to pay child support. When setting a rate of child support, the financial needs of raising a child are taken into consideration. However, there are a number of every day expenses that are not covered in the court order. What is covered varies from state to state, and Illinois courts may issue orders that are different in this regard from other jurisdictions.
In Illinois, noncustodial parents who are incarcerated are not required to pay child support under certain circumstances. However, this is not the case for prisoners in some other states, and as a result, the Obama administration is moving to put regulations in place that will make it possible for incarcerated parents to have their child support amounts modified.
Illinois parents who have full custody of their children and who want the other parent to pay for his or her obligations may decide to pursue child support. However, the first hurdle that these parents face is trying to locate the absent parent who has often tried to shirk his or her financial obligations.