One of the many issues parents in Illinois and the rest of the country have to address when they separate or divorce is child support. The topic of child support payments can be confusing to some people as there are different types of child support cases.
In IV-D cases, the Office of Child Support Enforcement assists the custodial parents with determining paternity, finding the non-custodial parents and implementing child support orders. IV-A cases are those in which the custodial parents receive assistance from the state, which may contact the Office of Child Support Enforcement to try to obtain the child support payments from the non-custodial parents directly. In IV-E cases, the children are cared for by someone other than their parents. Non-IV-D cases are cases in which child support payments are handled in private.
Child support is necessary in making sure that children have all that they need to be well taken care of. The different categories of child support cases are also necessary as they help the government identify which families and children need the additional support. There are many instances in which changes in the family situation also require a change in the type of child support that is needed.
Family situations can undergo many changes over the years. The parents may lose their job or get remarried, both of which may justify reviewing a child support payment case. In other situations, the non-custodial parents might just stop making payments.
A family law attorney may assist clients who are going through a divorce with resolving disputes regarding divorce legal issues, including child support payments, asset division and spousal support. The attorney may work to obtain the desired divorce settlement terms by engaging in litigation. Depending on the circumstances of the divorce, negotiation may also be used.