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FAMILIES
(750 ILCS 28/) Income Withholding for Support Act.

750 ILCS 28/1

    (750 ILCS 28/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Income Withholding for Support Act.
(Source: P.A. 90-673, eff. 1-1-99.)

750 ILCS 28/5

    (750 ILCS 28/5)
    Sec. 5. Purpose; intent. This Act consolidates into a single new Act the lengthy and nearly identical provisions relating to income withholding for support that were formerly contained in Section 10-16.2 of the Illinois Public Aid Code, Section 706.1 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, Section 4.1 of the Non-Support of Spouse and Children Act, and Section 20 of the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984. It also divides the consolidated provisions into smaller Sections for ease of use and future amendment and makes technical corrections. This Act is intended as a continuation of the consolidated provisions, and the consolidation is not intended to make any substantive change in the law nor to affect any order issued under any of the consolidated provisions.
(Source: P.A. 90-673, eff. 1-1-99.)

750 ILCS 28/15

    (750 ILCS 28/15)
    Sec. 15. Definitions.
    (a) "Order for support" means any order of the court which provides for periodic payment of funds for the support of a child or maintenance of a spouse, whether temporary or final, and includes any such order which provides for:
        (1) modification or resumption of, or payment of
    
arrearage, including interest, accrued under, a previously existing order;
        (2) reimbursement of support;
        (3) payment or reimbursement of the expenses of
    
pregnancy and delivery (for orders for support entered under the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984 or its predecessor the Paternity Act or under the Illinois Parentage Act of 2015); or
        (4) enrollment in a health insurance plan that is
    
available to the obligor through an employer or labor union or trade union.
    (b) "Arrearage" means the total amount of unpaid support obligations, including interest, as determined by the court and incorporated into an order for support.
    (b-5) "Business day" means a day on which State offices are open for regular business.
    (c) "Delinquency" means any payment, including a payment of interest, under an order for support which becomes due and remains unpaid after entry of the order for support.
    (d) "Income" means any form of periodic payment to an individual, regardless of source, including, but not limited to: wages, salary, commission, compensation as an independent contractor, workers' compensation, disability, annuity, pension, and retirement benefits, lottery prize awards, insurance proceeds, vacation pay, bonuses, profit-sharing payments, severance pay, interest, and any other payments, made by any person, private entity, federal or state government, any unit of local government, school district or any entity created by Public Act; however, "income" excludes:
        (1) any amounts required by law to be withheld, other
    
than creditor claims, including, but not limited to, federal, State and local taxes, Social Security and other retirement and disability contributions;
        (2) union dues;
        (3) any amounts exempted by the federal Consumer
    
Credit Protection Act;
        (4) public assistance payments; and
        (5) unemployment insurance benefits except as
    
provided by law.
    Any other State or local laws which limit or exempt income or the amount or percentage of income that can be withheld shall not apply.
    (e) "Obligor" means the individual who owes a duty to make payments under an order for support.
    (f) "Obligee" means the individual to whom a duty of support is owed or the individual's legal representative.
    (g) "Payor" means any payor of income to an obligor.
    (h) "Public office" means any elected official or any State or local agency which is or may become responsible by law for enforcement of, or which is or may become authorized to enforce, an order for support, including, but not limited to: the Attorney General, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and the various State's Attorneys, Clerks of the Circuit Court and supervisors of general assistance.
    (i) "Premium" means the dollar amount for which the obligor is liable to his employer or labor union or trade union and which must be paid to enroll or maintain a child in a health insurance plan that is available to the obligor through an employer or labor union or trade union.
    (j) "State Disbursement Unit" means the unit established to collect and disburse support payments in accordance with the provisions of Section 10-26 of the Illinois Public Aid Code.
    (k) "Title IV-D Agency" means the agency of this State charged by law with the duty to administer the child support enforcement program established under Title IV, Part D of the Social Security Act and Article X of the Illinois Public Aid Code.
    (l) "Title IV-D case" means a case in which an obligee or obligor is receiving child support enforcement services under Title IV, Part D of the Social Security Act and Article X of the Illinois Public Aid Code.
    (m) "National Medical Support Notice" means the notice required for enforcement of orders for support providing for health insurance coverage of a child under Title IV, Part D of the Social Security Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and federal regulations promulgated under those Acts.
    (n) "Employer" means a payor or labor union or trade union with an employee group health insurance plan and, for purposes of the National Medical Support Notice, also includes but is not limited to:
        (1) any State or local governmental agency with a
    
group health plan; and
        (2) any payor with a group health plan or "church
    
plan" covered under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.
(Source: P.A. 99-85, eff. 1-1-16.)

750 ILCS 28/20

    (750 ILCS 28/20)
    Sec. 20. Entry of order for support containing income withholding provisions; income withholding notice.
    (a) In addition to any content required under other laws, every order for support entered on or after July 1, 1997, shall:
        (1) Require an income withholding notice to be
    
prepared and served immediately upon any payor of the obligor by the obligee or public office, unless a written agreement is reached between and signed by both parties providing for an alternative arrangement, approved and entered into the record by the court, which ensures payment of support. In that case, the order for support shall provide that an income withholding notice is to be prepared and served only if the obligor becomes delinquent in paying the order for support; and
        (2) Contain a dollar amount to be paid until payment
    
in full of any delinquency that accrues after entry of the order for support. The amount for payment of delinquency shall not be less than 20% of the total of the current support amount and the amount to be paid periodically for payment of any arrearage stated in the order for support; and
        (3) Include the obligor's Social Security Number,
    
which the obligor shall disclose to the court. If the obligor is not a United States citizen, the obligor shall disclose to the court, and the court shall include in the order for support, the obligor's alien registration number, passport number, and home country's social security or national health number, if applicable.
    (b) At the time the order for support is entered, the Clerk of the Circuit Court shall provide a copy of the order to the obligor and shall make copies available to the obligee and public office.
    (c) The income withholding notice shall:
        (1) be in the standard format prescribed by the
    
federal Department of Health and Human Services; and
        (1.1) state the date of entry of the order for
    
support upon which the income withholding notice is based; and
        (2) direct any payor to withhold the dollar amount
    
required for current support under the order for support; and
        (3) direct any payor to withhold the dollar amount
    
required to be paid periodically under the order for support for payment of the amount of any arrearage stated in the order for support; and
        (4) direct any payor or labor union or trade union to
    
enroll a child as a beneficiary of a health insurance plan and withhold or cause to be withheld, if applicable, any required premiums; and
        (5) state the amount of the payor income withholding
    
fee specified under this Section; and
        (6) state that the amount actually withheld from the
    
obligor's income for support and other purposes, including the payor withholding fee specified under this Section, may not be in excess of the maximum amount permitted under the federal Consumer Credit Protection Act; and
        (7) in bold face type, the size of which equals the
    
largest type on the notice, state the duties of the payor and the fines and penalties for failure to withhold and pay over income and for discharging, disciplining, refusing to hire, or otherwise penalizing the obligor because of the duty to withhold and pay over income under this Section; and
        (8) state the rights, remedies, and duties of the
    
obligor under this Section; and
        (9) include the Social Security number of the
    
obligor; and
        (10) (blank); and
        (11) contain the signature of the obligee or the
    
printed name and telephone number of the authorized representative of the public office, except that the failure to contain the signature of the obligee or the printed name and telephone number of the authorized representative of the public office shall not affect the validity of the income withholding notice; and
        (12) direct any payor to pay over amounts withheld
    
for payment of support to the State Disbursement Unit.
    (d) The accrual of a delinquency as a condition for service of an income withholding notice, under the exception to immediate withholding in subsection (a) of this Section, shall apply only to the initial service of an income withholding notice on a payor of the obligor.
    (e) Notwithstanding the exception to immediate withholding contained in subsection (a) of this Section, if the court finds at the time of any hearing that an arrearage has accrued, the court shall order immediate service of an income withholding notice upon the payor.
    (f) If the order for support, under the exception to immediate withholding contained in subsection (a) of this Section, provides that an income withholding notice is to be prepared and served only if the obligor becomes delinquent in paying the order for support, the obligor may execute a written waiver of that condition and request immediate service on the payor.
    (g) The obligee or public office may serve the income withholding notice on the payor or its superintendent, manager, or other agent by ordinary mail or certified mail return receipt requested, by facsimile transmission or other electronic means, by personal delivery, or by any method provided by law for service of a summons. At the time of service on the payor and as notice that withholding has commenced, the obligee or public office shall serve a copy of the income withholding notice on the obligor by ordinary mail addressed to his or her last known address. A copy of an income withholding notice and proof of service shall be filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court only when necessary in connection with a petition to contest, modify, suspend, terminate, or correct an income withholding notice, an action to enforce income withholding against a payor, or the resolution of other disputes involving an income withholding notice. The changes made to this subsection by this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly apply on and after September 1, 2009.
    (h) At any time after the initial service of an income withholding notice, any other payor of the obligor may be served with the same income withholding notice without further notice to the obligor. A copy of the income withholding notice together with a proof of service on the other payor shall be filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
    (i) New service of an income withholding notice is not required in order to resume withholding of income in the case of an obligor with respect to whom an income withholding notice was previously served on the payor if withholding of income was terminated because of an interruption in the obligor's employment of less than 180 days.
(Source: P.A. 97-994, eff. 8-17-12; 98-81, eff. 7-15-13.)

750 ILCS 28/22

    (750 ILCS 28/22)
    Sec. 22. Use of National Medical Support Notice to enforce health insurance coverage.
    (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision (c)(4) of Section 20, when an order for support is being enforced by the Title IV-D Agency under this Act, any requirement for health insurance coverage to be provided through an employer, including withholding of premiums from the income of the obligor, shall be enforced through use of a National Medical Support Notice instead of through provisions in an income withholding notice.
    (b) A National Medical Support Notice may be served on the employer in the manner and under the circumstances provided for serving an income withholding notice under this Act, except that an order for support that conditions service of an income withholding notice on the obligor becoming delinquent in paying the order for support, as provided under subdivision (a)(1) of Section 20, shall not prevent immediate service of a National Medical Support Notice by the Title IV-D Agency. The Title IV-D Agency may serve a National Medical Support Notice on an employer in conjunction with service of an income withholding notice. Service of an income withholding notice is not a condition for service of a National Medical Support Notice, however.
    (c) At the time of service of a National Medical Support Notice on the employer, the Title IV-D Agency shall serve a copy of the Notice on the obligor by ordinary mail addressed to the obligor's last known address. A copy of a National Medical Support Notice and proof of service shall be filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court only when necessary in connection with a petition to contest, modify, suspend, terminate, or correct a National Medical Support Notice, an action to enforce compliance with a National Medical Support Notice, or the resolution of other disputes involving a National Medical Support Notice. The changes made to this subsection by this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly apply on and after September 1, 2009.
    (d) Within 20 business days after the date of a National Medical Support Notice, an employer served with the Notice shall transfer the severable notice to plan administrator to the appropriate group health plan providing any health insurance coverage for which the child is eligible. As required in the part of the National Medical Support Notice directed to the employer, the employer shall withhold any employee premium necessary for coverage of the child and shall send any amount withheld directly to the plan. The employer shall commence the withholding no later than the next payment of income that occurs 14 days following the date the National Medical Support Notice was mailed, sent by facsimile or other electronic means, or placed for personal delivery to or service on the employer.
    Notwithstanding the requirement to withhold premiums from the obligor's income, if the plan administrator informs the employer that the child is enrolled in an option under the plan for which the employer has determined that the obligor's premium exceeds the amount that may be withheld from the obligor's income due to the withholding limitation or prioritization contained in Section 35 of this Act, the employer shall complete the appropriate item in the part of the National Medical Support Notice directed to the employer according to the instructions in the Notice and shall return that part to the Title IV-D Agency.
    (e) If one of the following circumstances exists, an employer served with a National Medical Support Notice shall complete the part of the Notice directed to the employer in accordance with the instructions in the Notice and shall return that part to the Title IV-D Agency within 20 business days after the date of the Notice:
        (1) The employer does not maintain or contribute to
    
plans providing dependent or family health insurance coverage.
        (2) The obligor is among a class of employees that is
    
not eligible for family health insurance coverage under any group health plan maintained by the employer or to which the employer contributes.
        (3) Health insurance coverage is not available
    
because the obligor is no longer employed by the employer.
    (f) The administrator of a health insurance plan to whom an employer has transferred the severable notice to plan administrator part of a National Medical Support Notice shall complete that part with the health insurance coverage information required under the instructions in the Notice and shall return that part to the Title IV-D Agency within 40 business days after the date of the Notice.
    (g) The obligor may contest withholding under this Section based only on a mistake of fact and may contest withholding by filing a petition with the clerk of the circuit court within 20 days after service of a copy of the National Medical Support Notice on the obligor. The obligor must serve a copy of the petition on the Title IV-D Agency at the address stated in the National Medical Support Notice. The National Medical Support Notice, including the requirement to withhold any required premium, shall continue to be binding on the employer until the employer is served with a court order resolving the contest or until notified by the Title IV-D Agency.
    (h) Whenever the obligor is no longer receiving income from the employer, the employer shall return a copy of the National Medical Support Notice to the Title IV-D Agency and shall provide information for the purpose of enforcing health insurance coverage under this Section.
    (i) The Title IV-D Agency shall promptly notify the employer when there is no longer a current order for health insurance coverage in effect which the Title IV-D Agency is responsible for enforcing.
    (j) Unless stated otherwise in this Section, all of the provisions of this Act relating to income withholding for support shall pertain to income withholding for health insurance coverage under a National Medical Support Notice, including but not limited to the duties of the employer and obligor, and the penalties contained in Section 35 and Section 50. In addition, an employer who willfully fails to transfer the severable notice to plan administrator part of a National Medical Support Notice to the appropriate group health plan providing health insurance coverage for which the child is eligible, within 20 business days after the date of the Notice, is liable for the full amount of medical expenses incurred by or on behalf of the child which would have been paid or reimbursed by the health insurance coverage had the severable notice to plan administrator part of the Notice been timely transferred to the group health insurance plan. This penalty may be collected in a civil action that may be brought against the employer in favor of the obligee or the Title IV-D Agency.
    (k) To the extent that any other State or local law may be construed to limit or prevent compliance by an employer or health insurance plan administrator with the requirements of this Section and federal law and regulations pertaining to the National Medical Support Notice, that State or local law shall not apply.
    (l) As the Title IV-D Agency, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall adopt any rules necessary for use of and compliance with the National Medical Support Notice.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07; 96-858, eff. 1-8-10.)

750 ILCS 28/25

    (750 ILCS 28/25)
    Sec. 25. Income withholding after accrual of delinquency.
    (a) Whenever an obligor accrues a delinquency, the obligee or public office may prepare and serve upon the obligor's payor an income withholding notice that:
        (1) contains the information required under
    
subsection (c) of Section 20; and
        (2) contains the total amount of the delinquency as
    
of the date of the notice; and
        (3) directs the payor to withhold the dollar amount
    
required to be withheld periodically under the order for support for payment of the delinquency.
    (b) The income withholding notice and the obligor's copy of the income withholding notice shall be served as provided in subsection (g) of Section 20.
    (c) The obligor may contest withholding commenced under this Section by filing a petition to contest withholding with the Clerk of the Circuit Court within 20 days after service of a copy of the income withholding notice on the obligor. However, the grounds for the petition to contest withholding shall be limited to:
        (1) a dispute concerning the existence or amount of
    
the delinquency; or
        (2) the identity of the obligor.
    The Clerk of the Circuit Court shall notify the obligor and the obligee or public office of the time and place of the hearing on the petition to contest withholding. The court shall hold the hearing pursuant to the provisions of Section 40.
(Source: P.A. 90-673, eff. 1-1-99; incorporates P.A. 90-790, eff. 8-14-98; 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

750 ILCS 28/30

    (750 ILCS 28/30)
    Sec. 30. Initiated withholding.
    (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, if the court has not required that income withholding take effect immediately, the obligee or public office may initiate withholding, regardless of whether a delinquency has accrued, by preparing and serving an income withholding notice on the payor that contains the information required under subsection (c) of Section 20 and states that the parties' written agreement providing an alternative arrangement to immediate withholding under subsection (a) of Section 20 no longer ensures payment of support due and the reason or reasons why it does not.
    (b) The income withholding notice and the obligor's copy of the income withholding notice shall be served as provided in subsection (g) of Section 20.
    (c) The obligor may contest withholding commenced under this Section by filing a petition to contest withholding with the Clerk of the Circuit Court within 20 days after service of a copy of the income withholding notice on the obligor. However, the grounds for the petition shall be limited to a dispute concerning:
        (1) whether the parties' written agreement providing
    
an alternative arrangement to immediate withholding under subsection (a) of Section 20 continues to ensure payment of support; or
        (2) the identity of the obligor.
    It shall not be grounds for filing a petition that the obligor has made all payments due by the date of the petition.
    (d) If the obligor files a petition contesting withholding within the 20-day period required under subsection (c), the Clerk of the Circuit Court shall notify the obligor and the obligee or public office, as appropriate, of the time and place of the hearing on the petition. The court shall hold the hearing pursuant to the provisions of Section 40.
(Source: P.A. 90-673, eff. 1-1-99.)

750 ILCS 28/32

    (750 ILCS 28/32)
    Sec. 32. Unpaid arrearage or delinquency after current support obligation terminates.
    (a) When current support terminates on the date stated in the order for support, or because the child attains the age of majority or is otherwise emancipated, and the amount previously required to be paid for current support of that child automatically continues as an obligation for periodic payment toward satisfaction of unpaid arrearage or delinquency as provided for by law, the obligee or public office may prepare and serve upon the obligor's payor an income withholding notice that:
        (1) contains the information required under
    
subsection (c) of Section 20; and
        (2) contains the total amount of the unpaid arrearage
    
or delinquency as of the date of the notice; and
        (3) directs the payor to withhold, as a periodic
    
payment toward satisfaction of the unpaid arrearage or delinquency, the total of:
            (A) the periodic amount required to be paid as
        
current support immediately prior to the date the current support obligation terminated under the order, or by the child becoming emancipated by age or otherwise, and
            (B) any periodic amount previously required for
        
satisfaction of the arrearage or delinquency.
    (b) The income withholding notice and the obligor's copy of the income withholding notice shall be served as provided in subsection (g) of Section 20.
    (c) The obligor may contest withholding commenced under this Section by filing a petition to contest withholding with the Clerk of the Circuit Court within 20 days after service of a copy of the income withholding notice on the obligor. The grounds for the petition to contest withholding shall be limited to:
        (1) a dispute concerning the existence or amount of
    
the unpaid arrearage or delinquency; or
        (2) the accuracy of the periodic amount required to
    
be withheld for payments of the unpaid arrearage or delinquency under the income withholding notice; or
        (3) the identity of the obligor.
    The Clerk of the Circuit Court shall notify the obligor and the obligee or public office of the time and place of the hearing on the petition to contest withholding. The court shall hold the hearing pursuant to the provisions of Section 40.
(Source: P.A. 93-1061, eff. 1-1-05.)

750 ILCS 28/35

    (750 ILCS 28/35)
    Sec. 35. Duties of payor.
    (a) It shall be the duty of any payor who has been served with an income withholding notice to deduct and pay over income as provided in this Section. The payor shall deduct the amount designated in the income withholding notice, as supplemented by any notice provided pursuant to subsection (f) of Section 45, beginning no later than the next payment of income which is payable or creditable to the obligor that occurs 14 days following the date the income withholding notice was mailed, sent by facsimile or other electronic means, or placed for personal delivery to or service on the payor. The payor may combine all amounts withheld for the benefit of an obligee or public office into a single payment and transmit the payment with a listing of obligors from whom withholding has been effected. The payor shall pay the amount withheld to the State Disbursement Unit within 7 business days after the date the amount would (but for the duty to withhold income) have been paid or credited to the obligor. If the payor knowingly fails to withhold the amount designated in the income withholding notice or to pay any amount withheld to the State Disbursement Unit within 7 business days after the date the amount would have been paid or credited to the obligor, then the payor shall pay a penalty of $100 for each day that the amount designated in the income withholding notice (whether or not withheld by the payor) is not paid to the State Disbursement Unit after the period of 7 business days has expired. The total penalty for a payor's failure, on one occasion, to withhold or pay to the State Disbursement Unit an amount designated in the income withholding notice may not exceed $10,000. The failure of a payor, on more than one occasion, to pay amounts withheld to the State Disbursement Unit within 7 business days after the date the amount would have been paid or credited to the obligor creates a presumption that the payor knowingly failed to pay over the amounts. This penalty may be collected in a civil action which may be brought against the payor in favor of the obligee or public office. An action to collect the penalty may not be brought more than one year after the date of the payor's alleged failure to withhold or pay income. A finding of a payor's nonperformance within the time required under this Act must be documented by a certified mail return receipt or a sheriff's or private process server's proof of service showing the date the income withholding notice was served on the payor. For purposes of this Act, a withheld amount shall be considered paid by a payor on the date it is mailed by the payor, or on the date an electronic funds transfer of the amount has been initiated by the payor, or on the date delivery of the amount has been initiated by the payor. For each deduction, the payor shall provide the State Disbursement Unit, at the time of transmittal, with the date the amount would (but for the duty to withhold income) have been paid or credited to the obligor.
    After June 30, 2000, every payor that has 250 or more employees shall use electronic funds transfer to pay all amounts withheld under this Section. During the year 2001 and during each year thereafter, every payor that has fewer than 250 employees and that withheld income under this Section pursuant to 10 or more income withholding notices during December of the preceding year shall use electronic funds transfer to pay all amounts withheld under this Section.
    Upon receipt of an income withholding notice requiring that a minor child be named as a beneficiary of a health insurance plan available through an employer or labor union or trade union, the employer or labor union or trade union shall immediately enroll the minor child as a beneficiary in the health insurance plan designated by the income withholding notice. The employer shall withhold any required premiums and pay over any amounts so withheld and any additional amounts the employer pays to the insurance carrier in a timely manner. The employer or labor union or trade union shall mail to the obligee, within 15 days of enrollment or upon request, notice of the date of coverage, information on the dependent coverage plan, and all forms necessary to obtain reimbursement for covered health expenses, such as would be made available to a new employee. When an order for dependent coverage is in effect and the insurance coverage is terminated or changed for any reason, the employer or labor union or trade union shall notify the obligee within 10 days of the termination or change date along with notice of conversion privileges.
    For withholding of income, the payor shall be entitled to receive a fee not to exceed $5 per month to be taken from the income to be paid to the obligor.
    (b) Whenever the obligor is no longer receiving income from the payor, the payor shall return a copy of the income withholding notice to the obligee or public office and shall provide information for the purpose of enforcing this Act.
    (c) Withholding of income under this Act shall be made without regard to any prior or subsequent garnishments, attachments, wage assignments, or any other claims of creditors. Withholding of income under this Act shall not be in excess of the maximum amounts permitted under the federal Consumer Credit Protection Act. Income available for withholding shall be applied first to the current support obligation, then to any premium required for employer, labor union, or trade union-related health insurance coverage ordered under the order for support, and then to payments required on past-due support obligations. If there is insufficient available income remaining to pay the full amount of the required health insurance premium after withholding of income for the current support obligation, then the remaining available income shall be applied to payments required on past-due support obligations. If the payor has been served with more than one income withholding notice pertaining to the same obligor, the payor shall allocate income available for withholding on a proportionate share basis, giving priority to current support payments. A payor who complies with an income withholding notice that is regular on its face shall not be subject to civil liability with respect to any individual, any agency, or any creditor of the obligor for conduct in compliance with the notice.
    (d) No payor shall discharge, discipline, refuse to hire or otherwise penalize any obligor because of the duty to withhold income.
(Source: P.A. 96-53, eff. 1-1-10; 97-994, eff. 8-17-12.)

750 ILCS 28/40

    (750 ILCS 28/40)
    Sec. 40. Petitions to contest withholding or to modify, suspend, terminate, or correct income withholding notices.
    (a) When an obligor files a petition to contest withholding, the court, after due notice to all parties, shall hear the matter as soon as practicable and shall enter an order granting or denying relief, ordering service of an amended income withholding notice, where applicable, or otherwise resolving the matter.
    The court shall deny the obligor's petition if the court finds that when the income withholding notice was mailed, sent by facsimile transmission or other electronic means, or placed for personal delivery to or service on the payor:
        (1) a delinquency existed; or
        (2) the parties' written agreement providing an
    
alternative arrangement to immediate withholding under subsection (a) of Section 20 no longer ensured payment of support.
    (b) At any time, an obligor, obligee, public office or Clerk of the Circuit Court may petition the court to:
        (1) modify, suspend or terminate the income
    
withholding notice because of a modification, suspension or termination of the underlying order for support; or
        (2) modify the amount of income to be withheld to
    
reflect payment in full or in part of the delinquency or arrearage by income withholding or otherwise; or
        (3) suspend the income withholding notice because of
    
inability to deliver income withheld to the obligee due to the obligee's failure to provide a mailing address or other means of delivery.
    (c) At any time an obligor may petition the court to correct a term contained in an income withholding notice to conform to that stated in the underlying order for support for:
        (1) the amount of current support;
        (2) the amount of the arrearage;
        (3) the periodic amount for payment of the arrearage;
    
or
        (4) the periodic amount for payment of the
    
delinquency.
    (d) The obligor, obligee or public office shall serve on the payor, in the manner provided for service of income withholding notices in subsection (g) of Section 20, a copy of any order entered pursuant to this Section that affects the duties of the payor.
    (e) At any time, a public office or Clerk of the Circuit Court may serve a notice on the payor to:
        (1) cease withholding of income for payment of
    
current support for a child when the support obligation for that child has automatically ceased under the order for support through emancipation or otherwise; or
        (2) cease withholding of income for payment of
    
delinquency or arrearage when the delinquency or arrearage has been paid in full.
    (f) The notice provided for under subsection (e) of this Section shall be served on the payor in the manner provided for service of income withholding notices in subsection (g) of Section 20, and a copy shall be provided to the obligor and the obligee.
    (g) The income withholding notice shall continue to be binding upon the payor until service of an amended income withholding notice or any order of the court or notice entered or provided for under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 90-673, eff. 1-1-99.)

750 ILCS 28/45

    (750 ILCS 28/45)
    Sec. 45. Additional duties.
    (a) An obligee who is receiving income withholding payments under this Act shall notify the State Disbursement Unit and the Clerk of the Circuit Court of any change of address within 7 days of such change.
    (b) An obligee who is a recipient of public aid shall send a copy of any income withholding notice served by the obligee to the Division of Child Support Enforcement of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
    (c) Each obligor shall notify the obligee, the public office, and the Clerk of the Circuit Court of any change of address within 7 days.
    (d) An obligor whose income is being withheld pursuant to this Act shall notify the obligee, the public office, and the Clerk of the Circuit Court of any new payor, within 7 days.
    (e) (Blank.)
    (f) The obligee or public office shall provide notice to the payor and Clerk of the Circuit Court of any other support payment made, including but not limited to, a set-off under federal and State law or partial payment of the delinquency or arrearage, or both.
    (g) The State Disbursement Unit shall maintain complete, accurate, and clear records of all income withholding payments and their disbursements. Certified copies of payment records maintained by the State Disbursement Unit, a public office, or the Clerk of the Circuit Court shall, without further proof, be admitted into evidence in any legal proceedings under this Act.
    (h) The Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall design suggested legal forms for proceeding under this Act and shall make available to the courts such forms and informational materials which describe the procedures and remedies set forth herein for distribution to all parties in support actions.
    (i) At the time of transmitting each support payment, the State Disbursement Unit shall provide the obligee or public office, as appropriate, with any information furnished by the payor as to the date the amount would (but for the duty to withhold income) have been paid or credited to the obligor.
    (j) If an obligee who is receiving income withholding payments under this Act does not receive a payment required under the income withholding notice, he or she must give written notice of the non-receipt to the payor. The notice must include the date on which the obligee believes the payment was to have been made and the amount of the payment. The obligee must send the notice to the payor by certified mail, return receipt requested.
    After receiving a written notice of non-receipt of payment under this subsection, a payor must, within 14 days thereafter, either (i) notify the obligee of the reason for the non-receipt of payment or (ii) make the required payment, together with interest at the rate of 9% calculated from the date on which the payment of income should have been made. A payor who fails to comply with this subsection is subject to the $100 per day penalty provided under subsection (a) of Section 35 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 97-994, eff. 8-17-12.)

750 ILCS 28/50

    (750 ILCS 28/50)
    Sec. 50. Penalties.
    (a) Where a payor wilfully fails to withhold or pay over income pursuant to a properly served income withholding notice, or wilfully discharges, disciplines, refuses to hire or otherwise penalizes an obligor as prohibited by Section 40, or otherwise fails to comply with any duties imposed by this Act, the obligee, public office or obligor, as appropriate, may file a complaint with the court against the payor. The Clerk of the Circuit Court shall notify the obligee or public office, as appropriate, and the obligor and payor of the time and place of the hearing on the complaint. The court shall resolve any factual dispute including, but not limited to, a denial that the payor is paying or has paid income to the obligor. Upon a finding in favor of the complaining party, the court:
        (1) shall enter judgment and direct the enforcement
    
thereof for the total amount that the payor wilfully failed to withhold or pay over; and
        (2) may order employment or reinstatement of or
    
restitution to the obligor, or both, where the obligor has been discharged, disciplined, denied employment or otherwise penalized by the payor and may impose a fine upon the payor not to exceed $200.
    (b) Any obligee, public office or obligor who wilfully initiates a false proceeding under this Act or who wilfully fails to comply with the requirements of this Act shall be punished as in cases of contempt of court.
    (c) Any officer or employee of any payor subject to the provisions of this Act who has the control, supervision, or responsibility for withholding and paying over income pursuant to an income withholding notice properly served on the payor and who wilfully fails to withhold or pay over income as required under the income withholding notice shall be personally liable for a penalty equal to the total amount that was not withheld or paid over by the payor. Only where the employer has incurred sums due under this Section and is unable to pay such amounts may personal liability attach to a responsible officer or employee who has willfully failed to withhold and pay over income as required under the income withholding notice. The personal liability imposed by this subsection shall survive the dissolution of a partnership, limited liability company, or corporation. For the purposes of this subsection, "officer or employee of any payor" includes a partner of a partnership, a manager or member of a limited liability corporation, and a member of a registered limited liability partnership.
(Source: P.A. 95-468, eff. 6-1-08.)

750 ILCS 28/50.5

    (750 ILCS 28/50.5)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 50.5. Administrative fines imposed by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
    (a) The administrative fines provided for under this Section are in addition to any existing fines or penalties against a payor provided for in other Sections of this Act and do not affect who would be entitled to receive those existing fines and penalties. In addition to any fines or penalties provided for in this Act, when a payor wilfully fails, after receiving 2 reminders from the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, to withhold or pay over income pursuant to a properly served income withholding notice or otherwise fails to comply with any duties imposed by this Act, the Department may impose a fine upon the payor not to exceed $1,000 per payroll period. The fine shall be payable to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services and may be used to defray the costs incurred by the Department in the collection of the past-due support and penalties provided for in this Act. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall place the fines collected into a special fund created to implement the purposes of this Section and the fines shall be utilized for the purposes provided for in this Section. After deducting the costs incurred by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services in the collection of the past-due support and penalties provided for in this Act, the remainder of the fines collected under this Section shall be distributed proportionally to the counties based on their population. The counties shall use these funds to assist low income families in defraying the costs associated with seeking parenting time.
    (b) The Department of Healthcare and Family Services may collect the fine through administrative liens and levies on the real and personal property of the payor as provided in Sections 10-25 and 10-25.5 of the Illinois Public Aid Code.
    (c) The payor may contest the fine as provided in Sections 10-25 and 10-25.5 of the Illinois Public Aid Code.
    (d) The Department of Healthcare and Family Services may adopt rules necessary for the implementation of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-157, eff. 7-1-17.)

750 ILCS 28/55

    (750 ILCS 28/55)
    Sec. 55. Alternative procedures for service of an income withholding notice.
    (a) The procedures of this Section may be used in any matter to serve an income withholding notice on a payor if:
        (1) for any reason the most recent order for support
    
entered does not contain the income withholding provisions required under Section 20, irrespective of whether a separate order for withholding was entered prior to July 1, 1997; and
        (2) the obligor has accrued a delinquency after entry
    
of the most recent order for support.
    (b) The obligee or public office shall prepare and serve the income withholding notice in accordance with the provisions of Section 25, except that the notice shall contain a periodic amount for payment of the delinquency equal to 20% of the total of the current support amount and the amount to be paid periodically for payment of any arrearage stated in the most recent order for support.
    (c) If the obligor requests in writing that income withholding become effective prior to the obligor accruing a delinquency under the most recent order for support, the obligee or public office may prepare and serve an income withholding notice on the payor as provided in Section 20. In addition to filing proofs of service of the income withholding notice on the payor and the obligor, the obligee or public office shall file a copy of the obligor's written request for income withholding with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
    (d) All other provisions of this Act shall be applicable with respect to the provisions of this Section 55.
(Source: P.A. 90-673, eff. 1-1-99.)

750 ILCS 28/60

    (750 ILCS 28/60)
    Sec. 60. Remedies in addition to other laws.
    (a) The rights, remedies, duties and penalties created by this Act are in addition to and not in substitution for any other rights, remedies, duties and penalties created by any other law.
    (b) Nothing in this Act shall be construed as invalidating any assignment of wages or benefits executed prior to January 1, 1984 (or July 1, 1985 with respect to invalidity under the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984) or any order for withholding served prior to July 1, 1997.
(Source: P.A. 90-673, eff. 1-1-99.)

750 ILCS 28/905

    (750 ILCS 28/905)
    Sec. 905. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 90-673, eff. 1-1-99; text omitted.)

750 ILCS 28/910

    (750 ILCS 28/910)
    Sec. 910. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 90-673, eff. 1-1-99; text omitted.)

750 ILCS 28/915

    (750 ILCS 28/915)
    Sec. 915. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 90-673, eff. 1-1-99; text omitted.)

750 ILCS 28/920

    (750 ILCS 28/920)
    Sec. 920. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 90-673, eff. 1-1-99; text omitted.)

750 ILCS 28/925

    (750 ILCS 28/925)
    Sec. 925. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 90-673, eff. 1-1-99; text omitted.)

750 ILCS 28/930

    (750 ILCS 28/930)
    Sec. 930. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 90-673, eff. 1-1-99; text omitted.)

750 ILCS 28/999

    (750 ILCS 28/999)
    Sec. 999. Effective date. This Act takes effect January 1, 1999.
(Source: P.A. 90-673, eff. 1-1-99; 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)