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How did federal workers keep up child support during shutdown?

While the government shutdown lasted longer than what most people anticipated those who have to deal with the wage impact might face unanticipated legal problems. Noncustodial parents nationwide, including in Illinois, whose earnings were affected by the shutdown might have been unable to maintain child support payments. Many federal employees who live from paycheck to paycheck might have had to find other sources of income or borrow money to pay child support.

Even those with savings might have used the money to cover day-to-day living expenses. Unfortunately, the fact that wages are put on hold during a government shutdown does not remove the obligation to pay child support. Although the affected workers were promised back pay after the end of the shutdown, it offers no relief to struggling parents.

The custodial parents who rely on receiving child support payments will have similar concerns, and they might also have questions about their legal rights to obtain court-ordered child support. Unfortunately, getting a noncustodial parent's wages garnished will not help if there are no wages to garnish. Unpaid child support does not just go away, and when a government shutdown is not resolved quickly, it will start accumulating, which will make it even more difficult to catch up.

Noncustodial parents in Illinois who were affected by the government shutdown and unable to catch up with unpaid child support can discuss their options with an experienced family law attorney. A lawyer can assess the circumstances and provide the necessary advice, support and guidance. One of the options might be to petition the court for a modified child support order that will enable the parent to catch up in an affordable manner.

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