Over $3 billion in child support owed in Illinois

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Children in Illinois are currently owed over $3 billion, a trend that has been ongoing for years.

The state is only collecting approximately 58 percent of child support payments, and the rest of that money is likely to never be collected, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Illinois law stipulates that 20 percent of a supporting party’s net income be given for the support of one child, with the percentage rate increasing with the number of children maxing out at 50 percent for 6 children or more.

But 50 percent of zero is still zero, and family advocates say the recession and unemployment are taking their toll on “deadbeat dads” and their ability to pay support.

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Legal experts and researchers also blame the state system, including “unrealistic support orders.”

Mother LaTanya Hubbert was quoted as saying that she is supposed to receive $150 every two weeks, but those payments have been missed for several months over the last few years.

“I depend on that to help me pay expenses,” Hubbert told the Sun-Times. “It makes a huge difference as to whether I can buy groceries for two days, to getting [my 13-year-old son’s] hair cut, to getting a $1,000 root canal he needs.”

Hubbert added that her ex-husband is unemployed, and that the only support she’s been receiving currently are deductions from his unemployment benefits.

A representative from the Illinois Healthcare and Family Services Department said that 57 percent of supporting parties claim they currently have no income, while 28 percent claim they make less than $30,000 per year.

Ron Haskins, co-director of the Center on Children and Families at Brookings Institution, told the paper, “We have an expression in child support, ‘you can’t squeeze blood from a turnip.’ Many of these fathers do not have jobs.”

Malcolm Rich, executive director of the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, wants Illinois judges to “deviate from stringent guidelines” and to allow more flexible payment plans, asking, “Can we work out a system where less money from a non-custodial parent is better than no money collected at all?”

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  • Katie Hodge

    This is a disgrace! Why are we taking it easy on these deadbeats??? I have had to deal with child support for six years now and they have not done a thing for my children. They are not concerned for the well being of the children and neither is the government. There are all these advocates for the “deadbeats”, where are the advocates for my children? When their dad doesn’t pay a dime for a year am I suppose to say to them “sorry babies, you can’t eat today, we need to take it easy on daddy’s pocket”…if it only takes a human being 7 days to starve to death, then that’s the amount of time I would legally give a deadbeat to contribute something financially. If they can’t do that then they deserve to be in jail. It’s pathetic.

  • fed an tired

    child support is unconstitutional. How is something ‘wrong’ gonna produce good fruit?

    child support, pits parent against parent

  • GKL

    Child Services discourage relationships, between the custodial and non-custodial parent by implementing outrageous guidelines to follow. So called back pay is taxed at an unreasonable rate therefore, if you dare contest, and lose your back pay from when contested it now becomes debt and it is almost impossible to pay back. I had back pay on a contested modification and was paying on good faith. I have come to find out that i know had owed double. WHAT A JOKE. This type of situation can discourage anyone I have NEVER BEEN LATE ON A PAyment as a matter of fact i have credit that i will never see. but , if i owe i get taxed. I Was Seventeen when my first born came to this world and take responsibility for all my actions, but we need the custodial parent to do the same. For instance provide receipts,show me where my money is going I guarantee it doesnt all go to the child. This room and board crap is a joke if a child was not born would the custodial parent not continue to live? Courts should be more reasonable towards this law. It shows thats why these Men Leave not because there deadbeats.

  • What I continue to find disturbing is this constant reference to “deadbeat dads.” As a gender, the percentage of child support paying mothers (as rare as they may be) fail to pay their child support obligations in part or in whole at a rate FAR higher than that of child support paying fathers.

    This is a fact. What does that mean? As horrendous as the term “deadbeat” is (because in the overwhelming majority of cases, payors cannot afford to pay their unreasonably high CS orders) – mothers are the bigger deadbeats when it comes to paying their child support obligations.

    They are also far and away the parent most likely to unlawful interfere with court ordered parenting time.

    Wake up, people. The truth is out there and we all need to stop ignoring it.

  • Mister-M

    What I continue to find disturbing is this constant reference to “deadbeat dads.” As a gender, the percentage of child support paying mothers (as rare as they may be) fail to pay their child support obligations in part or in whole at a rate FAR higher than that of child support paying fathers.

    This is a fact. What does that mean? As horrendous as the term “deadbeat” is (because in the overwhelming majority of cases, payors cannot afford to pay their unreasonably high CS orders) – mothers are the bigger deadbeats when it comes to paying their child support obligations.

    They are also far and away the parent most likely to unlawful interfere with court ordered parenting time.

    Wake up, people. The truth is out there and we all need to stop ignoring it.

    http://www.mrcustodycoach.com/blog/child-custody-compliance-equals-child-support-compliance

  • Eileen

    Even though there has been a recession or not many who are to support their children have jobs that are paying cash and not reporting it. The disturbing part to me as a parent and grandparent, is that money and control are the issue and not the well being of the children. The parents who created these children should be held accountable for them not the state or federal government. Shame on the employer that will agree to cash wages just for the parents to avoid supporting their offspring. Animals in this country are given more attention and financial support by their owners then the human offspring are. Shame shame.

  • Ray

    Women use your VOICE or lose your VOICE:
    State of Illinois: ENFORCE COURT ORDERED CHILD SUPPORT!!
    Your all BARK and no BITE!!!!!

    I am not MALE bashing only if your a EMOTIONAL OR FINANCIAL deadbeat male. Then this one’s for you.

    WOMEN just try to get these DEADBEATS arrested for CHRONIC non-payment. Been there done that. Especially if the DEADBEAT has their own Attorney. The State of Illinois will not ENFORCE CHILD SUPPORT. Your on your own.

    WOMEN are treated like 2nd class citizens in the CHILD SUPPORT COURT SYSTEM.

    FROM: the POLITICIANS (REPUBLICAN), JUDGES, ATTORNEY’S especially from the ATTORNEY’S hired to represent the State of Illinois for CHILD SUPPORT. Its like WOMEN lost their VOICE. I know I’ve been their done that for 19 years.

    WOMEN: your viewed as a GOLD DIGGER!! When I got my daughters CHILD SUPPORT it was only $39 a week. I guess I’m “DIGGIN FOOLS GOLD”.

    WOMEN: do not use your child like a PAWN. It is their RIGHT to have a RELATIONSHIP with their FATHER. Your no better then the DEADBEAT if you refuse FATHER-CHILD CONTACT.

    MEN: They are treated like the VICTIM. Not the true VICTIM who is the CHILD. These MEN in POWER I felt feel like the Poor guy didn’t have a chance and like the OLD DAYS feel the WOMEN trapped the MAN and TRICKED him into paternity and they had no say in the matter.

    State of ILLINOIS: Charge these DEADBEATS with a CONTEMPT of COURT ORDERED CHILD SUPPORT the first month they fail to pay. These men manipulate the SYSTEM by not reporting new or a change in EMPLOYMENT. They get away with it.

    I will tell you more in another blog on how these DEADBEATS manipulate the SYSTEM and what to do if it happens to you.

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    realitycheckrayray.com
    relentlessrayray

  • Greg

    Don’t pay one damn penny too illinois for support tell them to piss off!

  • Read my Blogs on http//www.realitycheckray.com
    you? It’s a lot to a LOW INCOME FAMILY. No way would the REPUBLICAN’S INCREASE TAXES on the RICH and BIG BUSINESS.

    ILLINOIS:CUT in FOOD STAMPS by $2 A MONTH. Doesn’t sound like much to
    It will give you a little insight on the REAL CHILDREN and FAMILIES that will be driven deeper into POVERTY in the REPUBLICAN’S get their way and CUT programs DEEPER then they already have started to do without telling all to the AMERICAN people.

    ENFORCE COURT ORDERED CHILD SUPPORT it will DECREASE the DEPT for your STATE by DECREASING single Mom’s need to USE programs like WELFARE and MEDICAID.
    ou
    TREAT a missed CHILD SUPPORT payment as SERIOUSLY as a MISSED car payment,utility bill and house payment’s. If these DEADBEAT’S don’t pay we COULD not and SHOULD not with hold the CHILD from seeing the DEADBEAT parent.

    A CHILD can’t be REPOSSESSED or withhold VISITATION nor should they. That’s not at all what we want. Actually DEADBEAT’S who stay involved in their CHILD’S life are less likely to withhold money to help rear their CHILD.
    I’m not against men by no mean’s. I’m against DEADBEAT parents.