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Senate considering broad child support bill measures

A bill under consideration by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee may affect how Illinois tackles issues related to child support. The Supporting At-Risk Children Act of 2013 is a broad bill that includes provisions from an act introduced in March aimed at bolstering child support obligation enforcement methods.

Iowa’s Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey authored the earlier proposed legislation, which included a measure that makes the Federal Parent Locator Service more accessible to states trying to ensure compliance with child support obligations.

Another provision of the Grassley-Menendez bill that was included in the newer legislation would require the Department of Health and Human Services to use federal and state child support enforcement tools to follow any treaty obligations related to child support conventions that include the U.S. as a party. The bill also requires that states receiving federal funding apply amendments made to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.

If passed, these measures could have an effect on the way child support is set up and enforced in Illinois. Divorcing couples who are trying to navigate child custody and support matters may want to seek the counsel of a lawyer experienced in family law. A lawyer might be able to help with setting up an agreement for child support, describe the circumstances under which a modification of the agreement may be necessary and explore the best avenues for enforcement. In addition, a lawyer experienced in family law may be able explain how this pending legislation may impact such agreements.

Source: WOWT, “Child Support Measures From Grassley In Broad Bill Advancing In Committee“, December 14, 2013