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Legal Options for Collecting Unpaid Child Support

Question: What legal options do I have to collect unpaid child support?

Answer: Most Illinois child support is collected through income withholding. But other methods include "freezing and seizing" bank accounts. The law allows for professional and occupational licensing agencies to suspend or revoke licenses of a parent until child support is paid. Non-payment of support ordered by the court can be Contempt of Court and the non-payer can be jailed until he/she purges the contempt by payment.   For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to


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