Law Offices of Robert M. Kaplan, P.C.
Schaumburg Family Law Attorney

Unemployment and Child Support in Illinois

May 11, 2020
Posted By: Robert M. Kaplan
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We are all living in challenging times. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more Americans are finding themselves out of work. 

If you are a parent who typically makes regular child support payments but are one of the millions of people who have recently lost their job, you may have questions about how your unemployment affects your child support payments. The answers to those questions will depend on your unique circumstances, which is why it’s always best to meet with an attorney who is familiar with child support in Cook County whenever your financial situation changes significantly. 

Mr. Robert Kaplan is always accepting new clients and is happy to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your child support matter. Please contact our law office at (847) 845-9477 to learn more.

Reporting Unemployment to the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS)

In the state of Illinois, losing your job does not automatically stop or reduce your child support payments. 

The Division of Child Support Services, or “DCSS,” requires child support obligors to contact their office via telephone or website to notify them of a change in employment status. Depending on the exact numbers involved, you will most likely be required to pay a portion or percentage of your standard child support obligation during your period of unemployment. 

If you’ve recently lost your job due to the coronavirus outbreak or for another involuntary reason and choose to file for unemployment benefits, the DCSS can deduct child support payments from your unemployment insurance benefits, also known as “UIB.” The DCSS will reduce the exact amount of money you will owe in child support to correspond with your new reduced income until you are employed once more. If you do not qualify for unemployment benefits because you left a position voluntarily, then the DCSS will look at your potential earnings at future jobs to calculate your new child support payments. 

Working With an Illinois Child Support Attorney

Determining the amount of child support you owe can feel complicated and confusing. If you are unemployed and anxious about receiving a fair calculation from the DCSS or do not fully understand how your unemployment affects your child support obligations, it’s best to work with an attorney who specializes in child support in Cook County.

If you’d like to schedule a legal appointment to discuss your child support claim, please contact our law office to get started! 

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