Divorce is a daunting, emotionally draining process for anyone, but when children are involved, the additional task of seeking and obtaining child support adds a whole other element of stress to a couple’s plate. As a parent undergoing divorce, you want to make sure your children have everything they need to thrive and succeed while ensuring your family’s best interests are protected in wake of the separation.
The state of Illinois has laid out some clear, helpful instructions for parents who need to apply for child support, and state assistance in this area is efficient and plentiful. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, here are some facts that will help acquaint you with the process:
- Child support services are offered to children who live both in and outside of Illinois state;
- Parents applying for child support are not required to receive public assistance;
- The Department of Healthcare and Family Services can help establish paternity for your child or help locate the non-custodial parent, if needed; and
- Child support services are provided by Illinois state at no cost to you.
Securing Financial Support
One of the biggest worries parents have when preparing to seek child support is wondering whether or not financial assistance can be obtained and then reliably sustained over a period of time. The good news is the state has many methods to ensure financial support is collected and that the rules for collection are enforced....