My question involves child support in the State of: Illinois
I was laid off from my job at the end of January. On Feb 3rd, I filed a motion to ask the court to abate my child support payments until I can find a job, with a hearing date of February 26th. I received word from opposing council today that he will be out of town and have an attorney in his stead ask the judge for time to respond and set a court date for some time in April.
I cannot make the child support payments as they are greater than my unemployment income. This strategy, by opposing council would force me to pay child support until the case is heard, and by doing so, would get me evicted from my apartment.
They have waited 21 days to notify me of this situation, and will be asking for even more time to respond to my motion. Isn't there a time limit for them to respond? And if so, when does it begin - when they are served notice?
My only hope is to try and inform the judge that they have had ample time to respond and that by granting additional time to respond will force me to choose between contempt and eviction.
Can anyone offer some guidance?