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He had a near 20-year run, quite literally.

That ended recently in a Canadian province, though, with a suspecting restaurant owner alerting authorities to a customer who was trying to scam the business.

It turns out that the con man was also wanted in a big way by U.S. authorities in a notorious child support case. The father fled the country during divorce proceedings in 1989. By the time he was apprehended, his mandated child support payments were in arrears to the tune of more than half a million dollars.

Although that case is obviously an example of true outlier conduct that quickly qualifies for tabloid fodder, it does make an instructive point, namely this: American state and federal law enforcers maintain a persist focus on so-called “deadbeat” parents trying to shirk legal responsibilities. That is, they follow through.

In Illinois, such commitment is certainly in evidence. An online overview of child support matters under the oversight of the state’s Department of Healthcare and Family Services indicates that judges have many employable options to secure payments from noncustodial parents. Those range from fine levies, wage garnishment and the interception of tax refunds to property liens, the attachment of bank accounts and driver’s license revocation.

And there is this, too: the potential in some comparatively extreme cases for a nonpayer to be sent to jail or even prison.

Questions or concerning regarding non-payment issues can be directed to an experienced Illinois child support attorney. A proven family law advocate can also help noncustodial parents seek court-ordered modifications to payment arrangements that are reasonably unworkable.