Civil/Commercial Litigation (Lawsuits)/Child Support


Hello. I live in Illinois. About 5 years ago I was taken to court for child support. I had previously been paying cash every week to my sons mother for a number of years, but never kept documentation. The court put a judgment on me for $15,000, as my child's mother said I never paid the entire time. The interest on that large of an amount is more than my monthly payment, and the balance keeps on increasing, even though the money come directly out of my check and goes to her. The recently suspended my drivers license because of the outstanding balance. Is there anything I can do? Also, is it possibly for his mother to go to court and tell the judge to somehow "write-off" the balance if we make a new agreement in private between just us two, if I could get her to agree on an arrangement?

Thank you for any help.

Greetings James,

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Furthermore, I do not practice law in your state, and I strongly recommend you find an attorney who does.  You appear to have a pattern of trying to negotiate private agreements with your child's mother that does not serve your best interest.  In my state, I often help clients with a motion to modify child support, and I imagine there is a similar procedure available to you in Illinois.

I hope this helps, good luck to you.

Morgan Smith
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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