Erasing Overdue Child Support through Project Clean Slate

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Author: Illinois Legal Aid Online
Last updated: September 2012

Project Clean Slate

If you are a Non-Custodial Parent and you owe past due child support to the State, Project Clean Slate may help you erase the amounts you owe. Project Clean Slate is a program from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services that helps Non-Custodial Parents reduce the amount they owe to the State while encouraging them to make their current support payments to their family.

What kinds of past due payments can be erased?

Project Clean Slate can help you erase the past due child support payments and interest that you owe to the State of Illinois. Project Clean Slate will not erase or reduce the amount of past due child support payments you owe the custodial parent. Project Clean Slate will not stop or reduce the child support payments that you have to make in the future.

If you want to learn more about how you can reduce or stop future child support payments, please visit our article about Changing Child Support Payments.

How do I qualify to have my child support debts erased?

In order to qualify to have your past due child support debts erased with Project Clean Slate, you must be able to prove that you did not pay your past child support because:

  • you were unemployed,
  • you were in prison, or
  • you had a serious illness which prevented you from making your payments.

You will have to provide documents proving that you were unable to make your past child support payments, such as:

  • tax returns or other income statements,
  • a statement from a social service agency, or
  • a statement from the Department or Corrections.

If I qualify, will I have to make future child support payments?

Yes, Project Clean Slate only erases past due child support payments that are owed to the State of Illinois. In order to have these debts erased, you must make your regular ordered child support payments for 6 months. Once you make your support payments, the debt owed to the State will be permanently removed.

Under the program you will have to agree to continue to make future child support payments and also make payments toward past due child support that you owe to the other parent. 

How do I get more information and an application for Project Clean Slate?

To get more information about Project Clean Slate or to request an application call (312) 793-8222 or visit Child Support Services: Clean Slate Program.

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