Child-support bill approved

Child-support bill approved

SPRINGFIELD — A measure that would allow an Edgar County man to stop paying child support for a teenager who isn't his was approved 52-0 by the Illinois Senate.

The measure, SB 1867, was sponsored by Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, and was introduced to aid Brad Entrican, a Paris man who earlier told a Senate committee that he has been paying child support for years but didn't learn until after DNA testing in 2011 that he was not the father of the boy, who is now 13. Attempts to resolve the case through administrative procedures and in the courts failed because Entrican had not filed his petition within the two-year statute of limitations.

The legislation allows a man to continue to challenge a finding of paternity after the statute of limitations has been filed when there is DNA evidence supporting him.

Rose said the legislation would affect "a small group of people" in Illinois.

Entrican had said earlier this year that he didn't challenge the paternity until the summer of 2011, after meeting the boy for the first time. He had failed to appear for a scheduled genetic testing in 2001 because at the time, he had no reason to doubt he was the boy's father.

In Entrican's case, if the bill becomes law, he will have to take another DNA test to prove that he is not the father of the young man.

The legislation created some controversy when it was first considered by a Senate committee in early March, but it sailed through the full Senate on Wednesday without any debate or a single "no" vote.

"In the immortal words of (former state Rep.) Bill Black, when you let this process work, it works very well, and you get to unanimous or near-unanimous roll calls," Rose said. "But when you jam something through, it never works well."

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PBinLosAngeles wrote on April 27, 2013 at 4:04 pm

The States’ Gestapo-like child support collection and enforcement efforts are fueled by their hunger for Federal Quotas; collection percentages that stipulate what child support collection figures the states must meet - and maintain - in order to continue to receive massive annual federal subsidies. These subsidies purchase case management and child support collection efforts down to the county and local levels. Not incidentally, these federal funds never make their way into the lives of children of divorce or impoverished kids, instead financing the salaries, benefits packages, paid vacation time, and pensions of those employed by, or retired from, these industries. In California alone, we have over 8,000 men paying child support for children that DNA evidence has proven they didn’t father; why? Again, quota! If the Golden State were to emancipate these men from their assigned debt, California risks losing all or part of the $504 million Federal Dollars it is to receive for the 2012/2013 fiscal year for its child support collection and case management efforts. Once more, these funds do not go to children of divorce, or poor, hungry kids, and this is a Nationwide regime.