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Chicago Heights issues child support warrants

Warrants have been issued by the Cook County Sheriff's Office for four Chicago Heights parents who have failed to pay child support or meet other court obligations regarding their children. The Sheriff's Office is permitted to issue an arrest warrant when ordered to do so by the court for non-payment of support, although warrants may also be issued for failure to provide a DNA sample for comparison to the child or failure to notify authorities of salary raises or other income changes.

The four men listed on the current warrants range in age from 42 to 52 and owe between $35,000 and just over $80,000 in child support payments. The Cook County sheriff's deputies will arrest these men once they are found and bring them before the court to answer the charges. In cases in which parents do not comply with court orders to pay child support, the parent may face fines or imprisonment for contempt.

Child support is largely a court-ordered payment. This means that when a couple divorces or separates, the judge orders the non-custodial parent to pay child support to the custodial parent for the maintenance and support of any mutual children. Many people misunderstand the purpose of child support and believe they can cease payments if they have no contact with the child or the custodial parent. Custodial parents sometimes believe that they can waive child support in exchange for the other parent's promise to stay away from the child.

Neither of these situations is valid, however. Child support cannot be waived and it cannot be ignored once it has been ordered by the court. When a parent is ordered to pay child support, only a judge can lower or revoke those payments. A family law attorney can help divorcing parents understand their rights and responsibilities regarding child support so that neither parent misunderstands the judge's order.

Source: Chicago Heights Patch, "Wanted for child support delinquency in Chicago Heights, Jan. 17," Christopher Paicely, Jan. 17, 2013

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