My son is a divorced father of two. He is a small remodeling contractor and has had little work for the past two years, has lost his home and is essentially bankrupt (though has not filed). As a result of his loss of income, he has fallen severely behind in child support
. He wants desperately to support his children and is a devoted dad. Several months ago, in a moment of anger, his ex-wife filed an action which resulted in suspension of his drivers' license.
She has since regretted this, realizing that his ability to earn and eventually catch up on support is hampered by her action. She also has acknowleged that she knows he wants to provide support, is a devoted father, etc., and she is willing to write a letter to try to have her action reversed. However, when he has called various Illinois bureaucrats, he has been told nothing can be done. We find this hard to believe, and are seeking legal assistance.
His ex-wife is relatively comfortable financially, with a good teaching position and a comfortable condo given her by her parents. She has taken the children on expensive vacations to Mexico, Costa Rica, Alaska, Italy and even Egypt over the past few years. He struggles to provide food and bare necessities for them when they are with him, but tries to add other support by taking them to virtually all their activities, being on call when they're sick, etc. etc. Because he's been unable to afford legal assistance, he has not tried to have the support arrangement adjusted. We wonder whether there is the possibility of revising its terms, as his income has dropped so drastically. Though we are not wealthy, we could provide some assistance in his securing legal services.
All parties reside in Illinois, in the Chicago area. We need advice on how he can restore a valid drivers' license, and also on whether he can seek to have the support terms revised. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.