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Chicago man faces charges for unpaid child support

The money that custodial parents in Illinois and other states receive from noncustodial parents is meant to meet a child's everyday expenses. These arrangements are ordered by courts to ensure that children have a chance at developing without living in poverty. When a custodial parent does not receive a monthly child support payment, however, household finances are strained and the child's best interests are jeopardized.

A Chicago man, now 45, has failed to meet this responsibility for more than seven years and is now the subject of 10 more criminal charges, this time from an Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, judge. The complaint notes that in 2007 the man was originally ordered to pay $1,064 in monthly support for two children, who are currently 9 years old and 12 years old. After he did not pay, a remedial contempt order in 2010 added another $100 per month to his support payments.

Illinois authorities say the man now owes nearly $100,000 in back support. His last support payment of $100 was in May 2008. A 2010 arrest warrant was issued after he did not show up at a scheduled hearing. In October 2010, Chippewa County, Wisconsin, authorities also filed similar charges against the man.

Undoubtedly, few if any Illinois residents have witnessed such disregard of a court order as alleged by this particular man, but disputes over child support payments are common. Although child support delinquency is a serious offense in every state in the country, sometimes a noncustodial parent cannot pay child support because of a legitimate reason such as a job loss or unexpectedly high medical bills. In such cases, paying parents may seek to have the amount of child support modified instead of being labeled as a delinquent and face what could be severe legal consequences.

Source: Leader-Telegram, "Chicago man owes $100k in overdue child support," April 25, 2014

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