Senate panel clears child-support bill

Senate panel clears child-support bill

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation that would permit an Edgar County man to cease making child support payments for a child who isn't his has been approved unanimously by an Illinois Senate committee.

Bradley Entrican of Paris had told the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month that he has been paying child support for a boy for 13 years but didn't learn until 2011, after DNA testing, that the boy is not his child.

Entrican was scheduled to take a DNA test in 2001, about two years after the boy was born, but did not appear for the test. He told the committee that he had no reason to believe he wasn't the child's father. It wasn't until he met the boy for the first time in 2011 that he doubted his paternity, he said.

Attempts to resolve the case through the courts and administrative procedures failed because Entrican had not acted within a two-year statute of limitations. After the Senate committee hearing earlier this month, a representative of the state Department of Healthcare and Child Services pledged to see if the case could be settled without legislation.

That attempt was unsuccessful, according to Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, and he renewed his effort to pass legislation (SB 1867) on Tuesday.

"If we are successful in passing this bill in the General Assembly and get it signed into law, it will give (Entrican) an opportunity to go back in and get relief," Rose said. "But he would have to take another court-ordered test to make sure everything is absolutely certain."

The bill now moves to the Senate floor for further action.

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