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Cook County to Post Photos of Deadbeat Parents

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Cook County Sheriff's department plans to release the photographs of 1,100 deadbeat parents wanted for unpaid child support payments. Sheriff Tom Dart said that the department will release the photos on its website in an effort to help its investigators locate parents involved in child support cases reports the Associated Press.

According to the AP, the Cook County website will include the names and last known addresses of the parents being sought and encourages people to help the department find them. In noting the importance of local community support, Sheriff Dart said that deadbeat parents will often try to keep their whereabouts a secret, but they usually don't move far away.

So far, the website pictures about 25 deadbeat dads for who arrest warrants have been issued. Several of the images note that a dad has been "Captured."

Generally, when parents divorce or separate, and one of the parents has custody of the child, a court may order the non-custodial parent to pay child support. The amount of child support payments varies, but it is usually based on the parent's income and the number of children.

When a parent doesn't pay child support, there are several ways that a court can enforce the order. Most commonly, a court will order a wage deduction where the child support payments is automatically deducted from the deadbeat parent's paycheck.

In extreme cases, a court may find a contempt of court and order the arrest of the deadbeat parent. But to make an arrest, officials must be able to locate the parent. Cook County is hoping that their website showing the photographs of parents wanted for not paying child support will help them make these arrests.

Related Resources:

  • Find a Chicago Child Support Lawyer (FindLaw)
  • Cook County Sheriff Plans To Post Photos of 1,000+ Deadbeat Parents (Huffington Post)
  • Child Support Modification Tips (FindLaw)
  • Illinois Child Support Resources (FindLaw's Chicago Family Law Blog)

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