Child Support Awareness:
In the spring of 2003, the Attorney General’s office became actively involved in the negotiations of Senate Bill 44, a measure that will regulate the practices of private child support collection agencies. The Office was actively involved in opposing the provision that would allow diversion of current support from the family to the private collection agency. Other provisions in the proposed legislation include:
Prohibiting private collection agencies from taking any share of child support collected due to government action;
Setting a percentage cap on fees or charges that these agencies may impose; and
Requiring private collection agencies to document their collection efforts to custodial parents whenever they retain any part of the support collected.
Negotiations on SB 44 will continue during the upcoming legislative session. For complete language of the bill, please visit the General Assembly’s website at www.ilga.gov.