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Administrative Case Number
In Illinois, every administrative child support case has an administrative case number. Every document you receive from the Department of Family Services (HFS) will have the administrative case number written on it. Each administrative case number contains an "H". For example: "221HXXXXXX." Note: the numbers before the "H" may be differe
An administrative child support order is a legally-binding child support order that is issued by the Department of Family Services (HFS). This means that in order to modify, enforce, or terminate an administrative child support order, one should either call HFS or visit their downtown office. If you are the custodial parent of a child or are recei
Challenging a Voluntary Acknowledgement or Denial of Parentage
A signed Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) or denial of parentage can only be challenged within TWO (2) YEARS of its being signed on one of the following bases: one was pressured into signing, or otherwise forced to sign the VAP or denial against one's will the VAP or denial of parentage was fraudulently signed; OR the VAP or denial was
A child support order is a legally-binding court order requiring a legal parent of a child, typically the child's non-custodial parent, to make a certain amount of child support payments on a regular basis. There are two types of child support orders: judicial child support orders, and administrative child support orders. The main difference betw
Declaring the Non-Existence of a Parent-Child Relationship
Declaring the non-existence of a parent-child relationship means that a child's legal parent is NO LONGER recognized as that child's legal parent. This can be made based on the results of DNA testing or by acquiring knowledge of the relevant facts of the situation, but ONLY IF it has been less than TWO (2) YEARS since the petitioner to the declarat
A denial of parentage is a written document that is signed by the parent that was married to or in a civil union with the child's biological mother within 300 days of that child's birth. This parent is otherwise known as the presumed parent. By signing a denial of parentage, the presumed parent swears they are NOT the child's biological parent. An
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) is an administrative agency with two primary functions: Providing Medicaid coverage to those who qualify; and Child support enforcement services through their IV-D program Enrolling in the IV-D program gives HFS the right to establish legal parentage, as well as enter and enforce an
A hearing officer is an employee of either the Cook County Circuit Court or the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS). They are tasked with acting as a mediator between both parties to a case; guiding them through legal processes, and facilitating discussions.
The IV-D program, otherwise known as child support enforcement services, is a social service program run by the Illinois Department of Family Services (HFS).Parents enrolled in the IV-D program are given free assistance with: establishing a parent's legal paternity, issuing an administrative child support order, and/or enforcing a
Medicaid is a program managed by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) that pays for certain medical services for eligible children, senior adults, or disabled persons. Eligibility is determined by income – more information can be found here. Some things to know about Medicaid: If you are a recipient of Medicaid, you are
Project Clean Slate is a program offered by the Department of Family Services (HFS) to help qualifying non-custodial parents pay off past-due child support (arrears).You may qualify to have all past-due child support owed to the state of Illinois erased if you can provide proof that one of the following circumstances prevented you from paying child
A Voluntary Acknowledgement of Parentage (VAP) is a legally-binding document that establishes one's legal parentage for a child.If you are present with the biological mother at the hospital when a child is born, and the two of you are not married, you will generally be given the option of signing a VAP. You may also request to sign a VAP for a chil
Child support refers to cash payments made by one parent of a child to the other. These payments are meant to support the cost of raising and caring for a minor child. However, the amount a parent owes for a child support order may not be owed entirely to the child's other parent. In some cases, child support payment may also be owed to the state o
A child's legal parent possesses unique rights and responsibilities. For example, only the legal parent of a child can be required to make or receive payments for a child support order. Being the child's legal parent means one's parentage (paternity) has been legally established.Unless you're the child's biological mother, having your name on a chi
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