The Unemployed Or Under-Employed Spouse

Sometimes a person with an obligation to pay support-whether child or spousal is involuntarily or voluntarily unemployed or under-employed. The law takes the obligation to pay support very seriously and, in seeking the payment of support, provides for a series of options to compel the obligor to seek employment. Those options include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Compelling the obligor to maintain a job diary documenting his or her efforts at seeking employment.
  2. Order the obligor to report to the Department of Employment Security for job search services.
  3. Order the obligor to file an application with the local job training partnership act for job search, training or work programs.
  4. Order the obligor to report to the Department of Health Care and Family Services for job search, training or work programs.

So as you can see from the above list, the court has these, and more, powers to compel the unemployed or under-employed parent to seek and obtain employment so child support can be paid. Our lawyers in Chicago, Illinois, can help you with these issues.

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