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Online deadbeat database

We hear the term 'deadbeat' all the time when discussing child support issues, however, it's usually thrown around with little proof of a parent's actual failure to pay back support. Now, thanks to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, anyone can do a quick search to find, not only names and pictures of real deadbeat parents but the amount they owe too.

The website is part of the Illinois child support services system and is dedicated to providing the general public with information regarding those individuals who owe child support in excess of $5,000. While $5,000 seems like a lot, some of the actual amounts owed are staggering. Some individuals owe child support in the $200,000 range while the average looks to be around $60,000.

For anyone that sees this online database as distasteful, let's not forget that failure to pay child support is a criminal offense and could carry with it the penalty of time behind bars. Besides, the website can be used as a tool for deadbeat parents to make good with their debts. There are links available to make payments, apply for services and even to avoid publication.

While it is unlikely that anyone plans to be a deadbeat parent, the fact remains that it is more common than we think and affects thousands of children in every state. For individuals facing a struggle with a deadbeat parent, speaking to a skilled family law attorney may help. With an advocate by your side, you may be able to go after a deadbeat parent and get the support your child deserves.

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