Although either a father or mother may be ordered to pay child support in Illinois, at 87.1 percent, the majority of child support paid in our nation is by fathers. Unfortunately, there are many times when fathers' rights are ignored. Much of the media and court's attention focuses on the few "deadbeat dads" who refuse to pay child support. However, some believe the public is failing to address an equally pressing issue, that of custodial parents who interfere with the visitation rights of the non-custodial parent.
If a parent is unable to make child support payments due to some sort of unforeseen circumstance, they may quickly find themselves facing a judge or a state child support enforcement officer. In fact, there are times when the enforcement office may penalize the paying parent without first obtaining a court order. Such penalties may include withholding the paying parent's income tax refund, putting a lien on their property or suspending their driver's license.