(305 ILCS 5/10-16) (from Ch. 23, par. 10-16)
    Sec. 10-16. Judicial enforcement of court and administrative support orders. Court orders entered in proceedings under Section 10-10 and court orders for enforcement of an administrative order under Section 10-15 and for the payment of money may be enforced by attachment as for contempt against the persons of the defendants, and in addition, as other judgments for the payment of money, and costs may be adjudged against the defendants and apportioned among them; but if the complaint is dismissed, costs shall be borne by the Illinois Department or the local governmental unit, as the case may be. If a responsible relative is directed by the Illinois Department, or the local governmental unit, under the conditions stated in Section 10-8, to make support payments directly to the person, or to some person or agency in his behalf, the court order entered against him under this Section or Section 10-10 may be enforced as herein provided if he thereafter fails to furnish support in accordance with its terms. The State of Illinois shall not be required to make a deposit for or pay any costs or fees of any court or officer thereof in any proceeding instituted under this Section.
    The provisions of the Civil Practice Law, and all amendments and modifications thereof, shall apply to and govern all actions instituted under this Section and Section 10-10. In such actions proof that a person is an applicant for or recipient of public aid under any Article of this Code shall be prima facie proof that he is a person in necessitous circumstances by reason of infirmity, unemployment or other cause depriving him of the means of a livelihood compatible with health and well-being.
    Payments under this Section to the Illinois Department pursuant to the Child Support Enforcement Program established by Title IV-D of the Social Security Act shall be paid into the Child Support Enforcement Trust Fund. All payments under this Section to the Illinois Department of Human Services shall be deposited in the DHS Recoveries Trust Fund. Disbursements from these funds shall be as provided in Sections 12-9.1 and 12-10.2 of this Code. Payments received by a local governmental unit shall be deposited in that unit's General Assistance Fund.
    In addition to the penalties or punishment that may be imposed under this Section, any person whose conduct constitutes a violation of Section 15 of the Non-Support Punishment Act may be prosecuted under that Act, and a person convicted under that Act may be sentenced in accordance with that Act. The sentence may include but need not be limited to a requirement that the person perform community service under Section 50 of that Act or participate in a work alternative program under Section 50 of that Act. A person may not be required to participate in a work alternative program under Section 50 of that Act if the person is currently participating in a work program pursuant to Section 10-11.1 of this Code.
    To the extent the provisions of this Section are inconsistent with the requirements pertaining to the State Disbursement Unit under Sections 10-10.4 and 10-26 of this Code, the requirements pertaining to the State Disbursement Unit shall apply.
(Source: P.A. 91-24, eff. 7-1-99; 91-212, eff. 7-20-99; 92-16, eff. 6-28-01.)