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Articles on Child Support

Proposed legislation would revamp Illinois child-support enforcement

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2002
LawPulse
Page 226
HB 5140 would reduce the bureaucratic complexity of child-support enforcement by putting it in state's attorneys' hands.

Petition to modify child support cannot delay enforcement ; P.A. 92-289

February
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 66
Gov. George H. Ryan recently approved legislation making it easier to go forward with litigation to collect child support.

Legislation allows publication of names of deadbeat parents who fail to pay child support P.A. 92-373

January
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
In August, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 950, which amends the Illinois Public Aid Code, 305 ILCS 5/1-1 et seq., and provides that parents who owe more than $5,000 in child support and refuse to pay, could have their names added to a "deadbeats most wanted list" posted on the Internet.

Federal law prohibits state courts from ordering noncustodial parents to make child support payments out of their SSI allowance

December
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 624
On August 31, 2001, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, vacated the lower court's judgment that a custodial unmarried father was entitled to child support payments from the child's mother, when the mother's only income was federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

All reasonable attorney fees incurred in collection of back-due child support must be awarded when a finding is made that the failure to pay had no compelling cause or justification

October
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 516
On August 17, 2001, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, vacated the trial court's order and ordered the respondent to pay petitioner's reasonable attorney fees and costs.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
February
2001
Column
Page 56
When does may mean must? When it comes to appealing interlocutory orders

Appellate Review in Domestic Relations Cases: The Elusive Final and Appealable Order

By Gunnar J. Gitlin and Chris S. Haaff
August
2000
Article
Page 444
A review of the cases that have diminished appellate courts' power to review domestic relations cases.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
June
2000
Column
Page 308
Playing the child-support percentages; ADA news and views; please don't squeeze the luggage; and more.

New changes in child support law; P.A. 91-677

March
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 128
In a move to remedy some of the problems that have troubled the State Disbursement Unit for child support since its creation, Gov. George H. Ryan recently signed into law Public Act 91-677.

Lawmakers wrap up busy year on child support; “band-aid” bill sent to the governor

February
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 68
Child support has been one of the 91st General Assembly’s hottest issues. In fact, new laws from the regular session are already on the books.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
February
2000
Column
Page 62
Banks and title insurance; fees for foiled FOIA requests; crafting affirmative action plans; and more.

Child support enforcement

November
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 575
On September 1, 1999, the Illinois Department of Public Aid adopted emergency amendments to sections 104 and 160 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 104, 160.

Enforcement of Child Support

April
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 190
On January 22, 1999, the Illinois Department of Public Aid adopted amendments to section 160. 89 Ill Adm Code 160.

Refusal of children to visit non-custodial parent does not relieve that parent of his obligation to provide financial support to the children.

February
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 73
On December 2, 1998, the fourth district of the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the trial court's decision denying James Heldebrandt's motion to reduce or terminate his child support obligations to his five children.

Changes in Child Support Enforcement

December
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 662
On September 10, 1998, the Department of Public Aid adopted emergency amendments to various parts of section 160 of its administrative rules concerning child support enforcement. 89 Ill Adm Code 160.

Establishment of Automated State Case Registry — Public Act 90-790

December
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 662
Public Act 90-790 called for the Department of Public Aid to establish an automated state case registry to maintain records of child support orders.

New Appeal Rights in Administrative Hearings in Paternity and Child Support Cases

December
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 662
On September 10, 1998, the Department of Public Aid adopted emergency amendments to various parts of section 104 of its administrative rules pursuant to Public Act 90-104. 89 Ill Adm Code 104.

DNA Testing Vacates Prior Paternity Action—PA 90-715

November
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 596
Amending the Parentage Act, this bill allows an individual to bring an action to declare the non-existence of the parent and child relationship.

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