Many people know that it can be difficult to avoid paying child support when you have a job. When the judge orders child support to be paid by a party, the receiving party will likely ask the court to send a Notice and Order to withhold support to the paying party’s employer.
Once the employer receives that order, he is obligated to comply, which means filling out the necessary paperwork to take the ordered amount of support directly from your paycheck. No need to remember (and no way to avoid) sending a check to your child’s other parent each month.
You may even be aware that Illinois can intercept any tax refunds you may be awarded and suspend your driver’s license for nonpayment. What you may not realize is that as of 2013, Illinois passed a law that requires casinos to withhold winnings if the winner owes child support. A big win may just mean a big payout to your child support obligations.
How It Works
When a person wins $1,200 or more, the casino (or other gambling establishment) is required to check the winner against a database provided by the Department of Healthcare and Human Services. If the winner appears on the database, the establishment is required to turn over the amount, up to the full amount the winner owes in back support. Should there be some leftover, the establishment will then turn over the surplus to the winner.
Casinos are required to post warning signs that winnings may be garnished if the winner’s name appears on the database. Illinois hopes new law will reduce the $3 billion of unpaid child support currently owed.
If you have any questions about child support issues, including enforcement or modification, the attorneys at Appelman Law LLC are ready to assist. Contact us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable Family Law attorneys.