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What did IL put a lien on the money for? What is their justification?
You haven't paid them for what?
I understand now.
You can certainly make an offer to settle for a lump sum payment of a lesser amount if the amount is owed to the state (as opposed to the other parent). However, there is no way to force them to accept that amount and they may not do so since they know they have you over a barrel. WHat you may want to do is have the lawyer make the offer for you. In addition, there may be a way to have the amount of the settlement paid into a trust and thus protect it from being seized. Child support is one of the few things that is almost impossible to protect against but a spendthrift trust may be able to do that if the money is paid directly into the trust rather than paid to you and then deposited into the trust.