Child support orders may come from the court or the Illinois Division of Child Support Services. When the orders come from the DCSS, it is an administrative order, according to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. DCSS may issue initial orders, collect payments and modify existing orders.
DCSS provides the administrative process for securing child support as an alternative to going to court, and there are many reasons why you may decide to forgo a judicial process.
Benefits of the administrative process
Going through the DCSS instead of the court is beneficial because it is usually a faster process. You also can get genetic testing for free if you need it. The case has more confidentiality than it would in court. In addition, you do not have to go into a courtroom, which can be stressful for many people.
Use of the process
The administrative process is available in most cases. However, you cannot use it if you are also getting a divorce. You can if you are just separated. You also cannot use this process if you already have an order from the court for child support. It is available for any child born or living in Illinois.
DCSS will not process cases where there may be a safety risk, such as cases involving domestic violence.
DCSS is always part of the process
Even when you do not use the administrative process, DCSS is present in court for child support hearings. However, DCSS is not a legal authority. It cannot provide legal advice or handle any other legal issues other than child support.