The Illinois Department of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) has taken a step toward addressing a growing problem in Illinois.
The department announced this week that it will begin issuing child support orders on behalf of families whose children are receiving support.
The department said the changes are intended to “create a more equitable and fair system that is more responsive to parents who want their child support ordered and to help reduce the number of people in Illinois receiving support for children.”
The department will issue orders under the Illinois Family Court Act, a law passed in 2008 that allows for a judge to issue child support order without first determining that the child’s parents have filed for divorce.
Under the current system, parents can be ordered to pay child support without ever knowing they are receiving the money.
The payments will be made based on the children’s earnings, and parents will be required to provide documentation showing that they are not working.
The change will only apply to children who have been receiving support since at least the beginning of the current financial year, but the department has said the goal is to have the system in place by the end of the year.
The new orders will be available for a fee of $1,200 and will be issued after a court determines that there is probable cause to believe that a child is receiving support from an adult other than the parent in order to prevent abuse.
The orders will also be made available to parents with children who are receiving child support but are not the parent who is being ordered to give child support.
The court will need to determine that the father or mother in question has filed for a divorce, is unable to pay the child support due to medical or financial reasons, or is a fugitive.
The state also has created a new child support filing form, which will allow the public to submit child support claims without the need to provide proof of income.
The filing form will include information about the child, including information about any past and current debts the child may have.
The forms will be public records, meaning that anyone who requests it through a public agency can view and download them.
The new form also allows for the state to contact parents with child support disputes.
The Department of Family and Children Services is expected to begin issuing these orders on March 3.